Wallabies No 10 Bernard Foley seeks revenge for England whitewash in Australia
Wallabies playmaker Bernard Foley admits watching video of the disappointing loss to Ireland was tough viewing but says victory over England on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) would erase some of the pain of June's 3-0 series defeat.
The 27-24 loss in Dublin last weekend extinguished Australia's grand slam aspirations but Foley believes facing England at Twickenham in the final match of a tumultuous 12 months is the perfect opportunity to finish 2016 on a high.
"I think the side's moved along, come a long way from that June series," Foley said.
"But It's always been in the back of our minds or there's always been that talking of getting to play England at home and there's no bigger motivation to finish off the year and to finish strong."
England are unbeaten since Eddie Jones's appointment as coach and victory over his native country would be a 14th successive win for the former Wallabies mentor - who is aiming to become the first coach to lead the English to an unbeaten 12-month campaign.
Foley was the star man when the two sides last met at Twickenham, scoring 26 points, including two tries in the 33-13 win that sent the hosts crashing out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and he knows he'll need to rediscover that form again if they are to avoid a fourth successive defeat to the old enemy.
"Test footy's a matter of margins," he said.
"In a lot of those June games we weren't that far off, or the attack was alright and then we were sloppy in defence or our discipline and that hurt us.
"It's just getting everyone up to the level of knowing their roles and playing the style that we want to play and not compromising and that's probably where we got hurt in June."
Foley said watching the loss to a buoyant Irish side, who earlier this month ended the All Blacks' run of 18 successive wins, was a stark reminder that a poor start will be taken full advantage of by an England team brimming with confidence.
"We watched the review yesterday and it wasn't that pretty," he said.
"We left a lot of opportunities and created a lot of chances that we just didn't take and that was the disappointing thing and also that we probably took us the first 35 minutes to get into the game.
"Against a quality side like Ireland you can't allow that to happen. We had an honest review and we're very excited about the weekend ahead.
"It's something that you can put behind you, the thought of the grand slam and now focus on this game and playing England."