Graham Henry believes Australia are good enough to claim their first win of the Tri-Nations and down the Springboks on Saturday.
Australia have suffered their third straight loss, but the All Blacks will be looking for a favour from their trans-Tasman rivals in Perth. If the Boks can claim a win there or in Brisbane the following week they could claim the title, if not the Test in Hamilton could be the decider.
Henry backed the Wallabies to raise their game for the clash against the Boks.
‘We need the Aussies to get up in the next two Tests,’ said Henry.
‘And I think they’re good enough to do the job, they just need to have that rub of the green I suppose. Hopefully they can do that and that gives us a sniff.’
The Australians became the first side to lose at home in this year’s competition, but coach Robbie Deans said there would be no dejected souls in the camp.
‘I’d like to think there’s no moping, no self pity, because we had an opportunity and that’s the nature of not only the industry of the game but life,’ said Deans. ‘It’s not a rehearsal. You give it your best shot and you get up and dust yourself off and keep going.
‘If you lie around and mope then it’s like waving the white flag. I don’t think there will be any of that.’