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Bernard Foley not looking too far ahead after Australia crush Wales

Published 06/11/2016

Australia fly-half Bernard Foley played a key role in masterminding Wales' downfall at the Principality Stadium
Australia fly-half Bernard Foley played a key role in masterminding Wales' downfall at the Principality Stadium

Bernard Foley has dismissed any notion of Australia looking too far ahead after opening their European tour by demolishing Wales.

The Wallabies' hopes of achieving a clean sweep in Britain and Ireland - a so-called Grand Slam tour that they last successfully completed 32 years ago - gained an immediate lift as Wales were overrun 32-8 in Cardiff.

Scotland are next up in six days' time, before the degree of difficulty increases sharply, with New Zealand All Blacks conquerors Ireland and world number two team England then awaiting Australia.

"That's where you fall over if you start looking ahead," said Foley, who orchestrated Wales' demise through a fly-half masterclass.

"It (Grand Slam tour) has been well-documented, but as a side we are just focusing on trying to be better for next week.

"This win was off the back of a lot of hard work, not just this last week but throughout the Rugby Championship and into the third Bledisloe Cup Test (against New Zealand).

"This team has been working tirelessly on our defensive systems, on making right decisions and on our shape.

"The forwards were awesome. They set the platform and physicality, and that is something we have to continue in every game."

It has been a testing year for the Wallabies, having finished 17 points behind New Zealand in the Rugby Championship and suffering a 3-0 Test series whitewash at home against England, but they appear to have rediscovered some impressive form.

"For us, there has been a lot of external noise which we have had to put up with this year," Foley added.

"But as a squad, we have been taking no notice of that external noise and trying to focus on our roles in the squad and be really tight as a group.

"I think the resilience this team has shown, the character it has shown, and the test we have been put through this year, it is just hopefully setting the platform for future success."

The Wallabies' Twickenham appointment with Eddie Jones' England will conclude the tour on December 3, but Foley added: "I don't think we can think that far ahead.

"As much as we all look forward to that game, we can't get ahead of ourselves.

"For me, it is just trying to go out there and lead this team. It is allowing the forwards to get us on the front-foot - they have carried the ball excellently - which creates opportunities.

"We took some good opportunities against Wales, and we probably let some slip."

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