Bernard Foley confident the Wallabies can challenge the All Blacks

  • 20/06/2017
Bernard Foley in action against Scotland.
Bernard Foley in action against Scotland. Photo credit: Getty

Bernard Foley is adamant the Wallabies' misfiring attack can overtake New Zealand and become the world's best once combinations are set and things clicks into place.

Australia wasted numerous chances in last weekend's defeat to Scotland but after an "open and honest" review session, five-eighth Foley says there is no cause for alarm about the team's attacking style, despite criticism they are too robotic and predictable.

Foley believes the problem is merely execution and cohesion, not approach or ability.

"I can honestly say that this Australian team can be the best attack in the world and we're going to keep pursuing that and tirelessly working on it to make sure it gets there," Foley said on Tuesday.

"It's just making sure we're all on the same page when we run out there.

"When we go out and execute exactly what we want to do, I don't think there's a defence that can stop the attacking abilities of the players in our team.

"That's what we're striving for and it's not going to gel in one week.

"We have to build it together, keep spending time as a combination and keep growing those connections and that's what we're aiming to do."

Dejected Wallabies team after losing to Scotland.
Dejected Wallabies team after losing to Scotland. Photo credit: Getty

The Wallabies are expected to beat a weakened Italy on Saturday and a slick performance with the ball in hand could help alleviate mounting pressure on the team.

As Australia's chief playmaker and goalkicker, Foley has plenty riding on his shoulders.

The 27-year-old missed a penalty and a conversion attempt against Scotland and was yellow-carded for a shoulder charge in the first half, with the Wallabies conceding a try while he was off the field.

He was mentioned in Jack Quigley's viral Facebook post, which accused him of needing more practice on goalkicking and simple passing.

Foley said he was working every day to improve.

"The way that fans see it is only the 80 minutes and how you perform," he said.

"They don't see what work everyone does throughout the entire week.

"When you don't perform, you open yourself up to criticism."

AAP

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