Bernard Foley trybound against New Zealand  at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Bernard Foley trybound against New Zealand at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin Ross Setford

Wallabies looking for more against All Blacks

The Wallabies have returned home with a renewed confidence, but flyhalf Bernard Foley says the team is not satisfied despite a good month on the road.

Michael Cheika's men drew for the second time against South Africa in Bloemfontein and then had an easy win over the Pumas in Argentina.

That all came after the heartbreaking 35-29 defeat to the All Blacks in Dunedin.

Foley said the Wallabies had improved since that loss but said New Zealand would be a totally different proposition and the team could not rest on its laurels.

"I think just amongst the squad there's a lot more belief but we haven't really achieved what we wanted to achieve," he said.

"Two good wins and two draws. It's not like we're playing the house down, in terms of getting the result that we want but I think there has been that development and that progress amongst the squad which has been pleasing.

"(The All Blacks are) the number one side and they're world class for a reason."

A missed kick-off in Bledisloe Cup 2 led to the New Zealanders' winning the game in the final two minutes.

Foley said the team had not looked back on that too much and had to look forward to a better outcome at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

"I suppose we analysed that game as soon as it happened in the lead up to the next game and we made changes from that," he said.

"You have to be able to win every moment, especially against a side like the All Blacks if you give them a little slip up.

"For us that was something we analysed and dealt with and we won't be looking back on that."

The Wallabies have set up camp on the Gold Coast before returning to Brisbane on Friday.

It is a pattern that Foley hopes will bring some semblance of normality to the squad ahead of the game.

Australia has won 21 of its 30 outings at the stadium, though two of its eight losses have come in the past three years, against England (2016) and New Zealand (2014)

"As a group of Wallabies we've always enjoyed playing in Brisbane, we've always enjoyed it, it's a really good stadium to play at, it's a bit of a home ground for us," lock Rob Simmons said.

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