VIDEO: Wallabies out to bury demons in Salta
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Wallabies back Tom Banks says that he and his teammates have moved on from their shock home defeat to Argentina in Round Four of the Rugby Championship.
Australia went down 19-23 on the Gold Coast that day, which compounded Michael Cheika’s woes in what was an already bleak international season for the Wallabies.
One player that received a lot of flak after that loss was Israel Folau. The Wallaby star, who scored a try earlier in that game, had a chance to steal victory at the end, but he opted against passing to Bernard Foley, who was in open space deep in attack.
“He had a good game, he scored that unbelievable try and he’s not focused on what people are saying,” Banks told reporters ahead of the clash in Salta .
“I don’t think he looks at social media.
“The things he brings to the team, he’s an unbelievable player. He’s not worried about that.
“You can never really boil it down to one single person.
“There are aspects of the game in which we can definitely do better but I suppose every team can do that.
“It’s just trying to find ways to go better as a whole, not an individual.”
The Wallabies only victory in this year’s Rugby Championship came against the Springboks in Brisbane in Round Three and there is huge pressure on them to avoid the wooden spoon.
“You can’t really avoid it, you’ve got to look hard and realise we have lost eight out of the last 10,” he said.
“But what we’re trying to build towards as a team is bigger than that. As a team, we’ve got to realise we can keep building mentally and then the wins will come after that.
“With the losses, you’ve just got to put that behind you and try and build each week.
“It’s tough at international level, wins don’t come easily and we’ve figured that out. It’s just trying to fine-tune those last little points and hopefully, we can do that.”