Folau confident of upset

Israel FolauIsrael Folau says Australia are feeling quietly confident about their chances of beating New Zealand on Saturday following their battling performance in last weekend’s 12-12 draw (Match Betting – New Zealand 1/5, draw 25/1, Australia 7/2).

In torrid conditions in Sydney, the Wallabies and the All Blacks opened their Rugby Championship campaign by sharing the points as fly-halves Kurtley Beale and Aaron Cruden kicked four penalties each.

The result meant the Kiwis missed out on the chance to set a new world record of 18 wins in a row and will be out for revenge when they line-up at Eden Park on Saturday in the second of this year’s three Bledisloe Cup ties.

Australia (11/2 Rugby Championship outright) haven’t won at the ground since 1986 but after a disappointing few years, Ewen McKenzie seems to have introduced a style that suites the players available to him and they themselves are unbeaten in their last eight Test outings.

Folau has been one of the stars of that run and will need to have another strong game if the Wallabies are to finally break their duck.

The 25-year-old admits last Saturday’s result has helped generate a positive vibe within the camp and believes his side have the perfect opportunity to create history.

“It’s probably a good thing,” Folau said. “The boys have had a taste of how they are last week and we know it’s going to be a different sort of atmosphere at Eden Park with obviously a lot of All Blacks fans there.

“But that’s probably the only difference. It’s another football field where we get to play against the same players and it’s a great opportunity for us.”

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