Eden Park pain driving Ashley-Cooper

Date published: August 17 2015

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Wallabies wing Adam Ashley-Cooper is determined to use the pain of their Eden Park defeat as a driving force going into the upcoming World Cup.

The 41-13 loss to the All Blacks came on the back of Australia's Rugby Championship triumph, with the aftermath seeing New Zealand bounce back.

Such was the manner of last weekend's defeat, wounds will need to be mended quickly and that is something Ashley-Cooper believes should happen.

"I think what we'll draw back on is just how much the boys are hurting. That pain doesn't go away easily but you can use that," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"If you can turn that into a positive, that's what we'll try do to. We'll remember this night, we'll remember what we felt after the game and we'll look to use that. My focus now moves towards the World Cup. I'll put that behind me, use it as fuel and hopefully do some special things over in England."

While delighted with their recent Rugby Championship success and the team's performances in that campaign, Ashley-Cooper knows that the measure of a side is how they bounce back from a loss.

"We've just got to cop that on the chin. They were the better team on the night, they deserved the win. For us, there's still a lot of belief amongst the team. We're doing some great things," he added. 

"We have to eat a little bit of humble pie there. But like any other loss, you respond and better yourself."

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