All Blacks' Wallabies thrashing 'an aberration'

RUPERT GUINNESS
Last updated 13:55 01/09/2014
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WALLABIES COACH: Ewen McKenzie.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie believes his side's thrashing by the All Blacks at Eden Park was an "aberration" rather than a confronting measure of the gulf between the two sides.

McKenzie was playing down the need to make sweeping changes to his line-up despite the Wallabies 51-20 loss last month.

He said the side he would select for next Saturday's test against the Springboks in Perth, would be both a response to the loss to the All Blacks as well as the challenge expected from the South Africans, who have won both their games against Argentina in this year's Rugby Championship.

"It's about whether you feel you are improving," McKenzie said.

"You can't say we have improved to last week.

"We have to work out whether it was an aberration or whether we need to continue to look.

Asked whether he felt the defeat to the All Blacks after a 12-12 draw with them in Sydney the week before was an aberration, McKenzie said: "In my mind that is exactly what it is. I can look at the game ... in fact the last two games.''

"There were so many things that we could have done better, [but] that's a function of pressure.

"There are so many ways we could have been tidier in our approach and limited their opportunities.

"They scored a bunch of tries from turnovers ... There is the turnover itself, but what you do with the turnover ball [is important]. If you can control that, you can force them into set-piece, and they have to win the ball to play it. We can handle those situations much better."

McKenzie  said the Wallabies needed to win Saturday's test to avoid a further dip, after the progress made in last year's Spring Tour and the domestic French test series this June.

"We had a loss we didn't want, but we want to be consistent," McKenzie said.

"So it's important to get back on the horse."

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