Embattled Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has insisted his team are “learning quickly” despite being handed yet another masterclass by the mighty All Blacks.
The Australians have lost three times to New Zealand in the space of a month to meekly surrender the Bledisloe Cup, with their 38-21 defeat in Perth on Sunday again marked by mistakes, inaccuracy and poor decision-making.
They have barely a week to pick up the pieces before facing undefeated world champions South Africa on the Gold Coast as the pandemic-hit Rugby Championship moves to Queensland.
Since taking the reins in late 2019, New Zealander Rennie has overseen six defeats, three draws and just three wins, but he remains optimistic his relatively young side is making progress.
“I came in (to the job) with my eyes open and we’ve got a lot of good men who are working really hard,” he said Sunday.
“We’ve had seven Tests against the All Blacks (since he took over) and ultimately I think that’s great for us. We’re learning quickly.
We’ve got the world champions coming up for a couple of Tests and that is going to be great for us as well.” “But we’ve got to be better at putting ourselves in a position to win these games,” he added.
“We’ve got to be clinical, we’ve got to look after the ball, there were way too many turnovers post-tackle and we were really reluctant to kick (on Sunday).—APP