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Folau calls for clinical touch

08th September 2013 10:07


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Struggles: Israel Folau

Australia full-back Israel Folau has stated that the Wallabies have to take more scoring opportunities after losing 38-12 to South Africa.

The Wallabies were unable to find their way over the try line during the 80 minutes, with South Africa notching up four tries of their own.

Australia have now lost five out of their six Test matches in 2013, with new coach Ewen McKenzie yet to taste victory after taking over the role from Robbie Deans.

Folau was moved to full-back against the Springboks but struggled early on, conceding a kickable penalty inside his own 22 and whilst solid under the high ball was unable to find the breakthroughs in the South African defence that Australia needed.

Reflecting after the match, Folau underlined Australia's need to be more clinical in attack.

"It's very tough - three losses in a row. We have to stay tight as a group," said Folau.

"It comes down to finishing off the plays and (big) moments in the game - we're not doing that at the moment.

"We had a lot of opportunities where we could have put some points in behind but we couldn't execute and that was the difference between us and the Springboks in the end.

"It's a tough level and it's a very big step up from playing Super Rugby. I'd like to get my hands on the ball more and make something of it.

"Last night there were times that it happened but I think I can do a better job."

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers praised Folau afterwards for deciding to continue his career in rugby union, after the tri-code convert was linked with a move back to rugby league earlier this year.

Folau has now signed a two-year contract with the NSW Waratahs and the Australian Rugby Union.

"It is so great to see a guy like him signing on with union and what he has done for the game is great," said de Villiers.

"He is going to become a massive player in this game."

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