The Wallabies will hurl bodies into the contact area against Wales in an effort to break through the ''red wall'' for a clean sweep of the Test series in Sydney tomorrow.
Wallabies No.8 Wycliff Palu revealed the side had spent much of the week fine-tuning their ruck play after going frighteningly close to being swamped there by Wales in the second Test in Melbourne last weekend.
''I thought they chopped us a lot quicker than [last time], especially in the forwards, and it slowed up our ball,'' he said.
''They got in there pretty quick and [this week] we worked on a few things on the breakdown, just talked about trying to get rid of the bodies.''
Palu said the tweak made by Wales between the two matches, enabled by lightning-fast line speed, was the defining difference and showed in the nail-biting finish.
''There were times out there when it looked like there was a red wall and I think it comes down to claiming your goal, cleaning him out and holding him down, and making sure he gets involved as well instead of giving him time to get into the line and little things like that,'' he said.
''If we get good clean-out and you provide a bit of quick ball and it gives them less time to set, and if we can generate that - I think we did it pretty well in the first game [but] in the second game they managed to slow us down a little bit.''
Palu dismissed murmurs from the Wales camp that the Wallabies were holding on too long in the contact area. ''I don't know, I think you make a tackle, hold [their legs] together, release and get up,'' he said. ''They were doing it a fair bit, I got a few chops, that's the way you tackle isn't it?''
The Wallabies have had their failings last week drilled into them this week. Two wins in a row might look like the beginnings of consistency but it felt like sailing too close to the wind.
''To not be satisfied after last week is a good space for us,'' centre Pat McCabe said. ''It means that guys are desperate to improve and not let last week's game be a reflection of what the group can do.''
McCabe also remarked on the speed the Welsh brought to the second Test and its impact on the Wallabies' attack. They were restricted to a single try in Melbourne and relied on penalties to counter the visitors' double.
''It's certainly the quickest I've come up against; they get off the line hard and look to draw you back into the forwards, so we're aware of that and have spoken a fair bit about it, so hopefully we can combat that somewhat this week,'' he said.
''I think being a bit deeper initially and then just communicating some different options to [five-eighth Berrick Barnes] and not being too one-dimensional in terms of going to the forwards and the backs. Hopefully getting a mix of the two.''
He and winger Digby Ioane welcomed the return to the starting line-up of Kurtley Beale, who injects unpredictability in the back line.
''He's like a second receiver, he's not just an attacker, he's a ball player as well, so he can put people like myself or the wingers through holes and that's what I love about Kurtley. He's a hard guy to predict,'' Ioane said.
But neither he, McCabe nor Palu expect anything less than a tough and furious encounter tomorrow, with or without their creative fullback.
''[Wales] are a very good side and I think a lot of teams don't realise that and don't probably give them the respect they deserve,'' Palu said.
''Even though we won two on the trot we know if we turn up ... at 50 per cent we're going to get blown off the park. And no one wants that.''
- Sydney Morning Herald
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