Sydney - Australia fullback Israel Folau has demanded
accuracy from his side's kickers to help him be more effective in Saturday's
three-Test series decider against Ireland in Sydney.
The 29-year-old has so far been unable to replicate his
formidable Waratahs form in the air during the first two tests, partly because
of what the hosts deem to be Ireland's blocking tactics.
The Wallabies are considering lodging a complaint with match
officials concerning the tourists' approach but Folau is not overly worried.
"Obviously, I didn't get many touches on the weekend
(as Ireland won 26-21), so hopefully I get a few more opportunities to get my
hands on the ball as much as I can and just play some footy," Folau told
Australian Associated Press on Tuesday.
"I put it down to the execution on our kicks. It wasn't
where we wanted to place them (in Melbourne).
"They were a little bit further than we'd liked and a
bit more infield, which makes it a lot easier for their guys to escort.
"In saying that, they did a great job with their escorting
but hopefully our execution on our kicks can be a little bit better where it
can give us a free run and a jump at the ball."
The Six Nations champions' management of Folau has kept him
try-less but the Australian back is hungry to end the drought.
"It's something that I don't look to do going into the
game but if I find myself crossing the line for a try, it's always a great
bonus," he said.
"The most exciting thing for this weekend is just
trying to find my hands on the ball and providing those opportunities.
"The last couple of weeks hasn't been going that way,
so I'm pretty hungry and eager to try and put myself in the game to get as many
touches as I can."