Brisbane - Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia says his
team-mates must toughen up mentally after admitting lapses of concentration
cost them dearly against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup Tests.
Australia have lost six of their past seven games, and ceded
the Bledisloe Cup to New Zealand for the 16th consecutive year after a 40-12
hammering in Auckland at the weekend and a 38-13 thrashing in Sydney the week
They are working to regroup ahead of a Rugby Championship
clash with South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday, with the Springboks also on
the back foot after being hammered 32-19 by Argentina in Mendoza.
In both games against the All Blacks, the Wallabies held
their own in the first half but were blown away in the second period as they
"We defended well off turnover ball in both first
halves but then they just took us to pieces in the second half of both
games," Genia told reporters.
"It's just moments of lapses... in concentration that
lets us down."
The influential 30-year-old said it was a key area they have
been working on.
"In the heat of the battle, not listening to that voice
in your head which tells you to give up or not chase - it's just things like
that," Genia said
"If we were just half a step earlier, we'd go a long
way to solving a lot of those problems in the turnover."
Asked why professional athletes, many of them vastly
experienced, were having mid-game lapses, the 88-Test veteran said it was
something they were still trying to work out.
"The biggest thing for us is that we just have guys who
are - in moments during games - just not doing their jobs," he said.
"If we can get guys who are doing their jobs every
single time and not covering for other blokes, it makes things a lot easier
with and without the ball."