At least the Wallabies forwards are talking tough. Sitaleki Timani believes it is time the Australian pack stopped being ''nice'' to the All Blacks and Stephen Moore is infuriated that the Wallabies can brilliantly talk it up pre-match, but become mute on Bledisloe Cup nights.
The Wallabies head to Auckland tomorrow in the vain hope of keeping the Bledisloe Cup series alive by winning Saturday night's test at Eden Park, with the forwards arguing it will require a dramatic attitude change for them to even be competitive.
Moore admitted the Wallabies are masters of getting on the rugby soap box to explain their latest and greatest theory before kick-off.
But the hooker said they then continue antagonising their fans by doing the complete opposite when confronting the All Blacks - such as last Saturday night in Sydney when their plan fell apart.
''We're very good at saying what we're going to do. But we've got to do it,'' Moore said yesterday.
''People are probably sick of hearing how we're going to do things - they want to see it actually happening on the field. Across the board that's the mentality we've got to take.
''We can sit here and say as much as we like about how it's going to happen, but until we translate that consistently onto the field we can't be happy with our performance.
''That's the most disappointing thing about it all. We felt we had a really good plan in place last weekend. Then we didn't go out there or do what we said we were going to do.
''We have to work out how to get that transfer from the preparation into the game, because at the moment it's just not good enough."
He could understand why All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had a sarcastic dig at the Wallabies being big talkers following the Sydney test.
At the after-match media conference, Hansen said: ''We've been reading all week about how they were going to do this and do that. They'll probably be disappointed that they didn't do this and do that.''
Moore said: ''That's probably a fair call. It's very hard to argue with.''
Moore, just two tests short of being the Wallabies most capped hooker, said it all revolved around the team, in particular the pack being more ruthless in everything they do.
Timani, who vied with his second-row partner Nathan Sharpe as the best of an average lot in Sydney, backed up Moore's sentiments, saying if the Wallabies are to quell the All Blacks monster it was crucial they were not so friendly at the breakdown.
''There were too many turnovers. We just let them into our breakdown and turn over our ball pretty easy. We cannot be so nice to them at the breakdown and we have to try to get them off our ball. We need to get quick ball, so the backs can do their job,'' Timani said.
That means being aggressive, and attacking anything that might get in their way.
''They just lie all over our ball, and we don't do much about it. We're just giving it away to them,'' Timani said.
''We have to do something about putting pressure on them, rather than relying on the referee.''
As the Wallabies last won a game at Eden Park in 1986, none of the current crop have any idea about what is involved in beating the All Blacks there.
However, at least Timani has a New Zealand victory at the ground - he was involved in a schoolboys final triumph when he attended Auckland Grammar.
Timani still has an abundance of relatives in Auckland, and is currently trying to buy tickets for the tribe ''so they can come to the game and support the Wallabies''.
- FFX Aus
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