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No more one dimensional Wallabies: Palu
Russell Jackson
11:16 AEST Wed Nov 21 2012

Wallabies enforcer Wycliff Palu says the tourists are determined to show they can shed their maddening inconsistency when they play Italy this weekend.

The Wallabies were given a valuable lesson about the dangers of being one dimensional in attack when trounced 33-6 by France 10 days ago.

The French forwards pulverising them in defence and bamboozled them with angled running and short passing through the forwards.

It was a wake up call for the Australians, who bounced back from the defeat with a win over England at Twickenham.

No.8 Palu insists the Australians must continue to move the ball up the middle like they did against England.

He says the Wallabies can't play safety-first rugby against Italy in Florence on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) and must pick up where they left off in the Twickenham clash if they're to achieve back-to-back wins.

The Wallabies have gone win, loss, draw, win and loss from their past five games.

"It's hard to build something if you keep going backwards every couple of weeks," Palu said.

"We're really working hard on trying to change things up a bit in attack and trying to create some stress for our opposition.

"We don't want to fall into bad habits and become one dimensional."

"Everyone was disappointed with the France game but you learn from it.

"But you don't dwell on games you've played, that goes for the England game too. It doesn't matter that we won last week."

Palu is expecting the usual physical clash with the Italian pack who did a good job against the All Blacks in a 42-10 loss to the world champions in Rome last Saturday.

The Italians trailed 13-7 at halftime and were within 13 points of New Zealand who scored three tries in the final 13 minutes.

"We need to come out hard and make a statement early against the Italians," Palu said.

"We also need to be mindful they are a team who feeds off mistakes and bad discipline."


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