Australia 'galvanised' by win - Deans

 Oct 10,2012
Written by: Editor

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes his team's performance in last week's victory over Argentina has "galvanised" them.

After injured fly-half Quade Cooper's claims that there is a "toxic" environment within the Wallabies squad and just a week after suffering a humiliating 31-8 defeat to South Africa in Pretoria, the injury-hit Wallabies showed great commitment in their 25-19 win over the Pumas in Rosario.

"Who knows? Those things are resolved down the path but there's no doubt some of the qualities they displayed in that game will be invaluable," Deans said when asked if the win could prove a turning point for his side.

"(But it was) very important, it was a great experience for this group.

"There were a couple experiencing their first starts in the backline and obviously there was a lot of youth in the side and it was a challenging circumstance, but they showed they fully understand what it's all about and played with a lot of pride and got the job done.

"We'll take everything of value out of it and there were some good things.

"Blokes who didn't have much background have played some good rugby. Most importantly the team really galvanised and came together and played for each other and that spirit was evident."

Deans admitted that the inaugural Rugby Championship was a tough tournament but even though the Wallabies finished as runners-up he knows there's plenty of room for improvement.

"It's a good tournament, all the sides were competitive," he said.

"Every side gave every other side moments of anxiety but clearly the All Blacks have set the benchmark.

"They won the tournament, we came second which under the circumstances probably wasn't a bad effort but it's not one that we're happy with.

"You don't enter these tournaments to come second."

The Wallabies host the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane on 20 October and Deans knows the importance of putting in a good performance against the world champions.

"Obviously we've got to improve to get that job done but we'll rest up and recover and really hone in on that opportunity," he said.


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