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We're getting there, say the Wallabies

By Darren Walton 08/08/2010 09:56:08 AM Comments (0)

Even Adam Ashley-Cooper admits "enough's enough" - but the Wallabies' Mr Fixit is pleading with Australia's fickle rugby fans to keep the faith with the country's most maligned national sporting team.

Ashley-Cooper says being a member of only the second Australian team in more than a century of trans-Tasman rivalry to lose nine straight Bledisloe Cup Tests to New Zealand is extremely tough to bear.

But he is adamant after Saturday night's gallant 20-10 defeat in Christchurch that the Wallabies are close to turning the corner and very much on track for a successful 2011 World Cup campaign in the Shaky Isles.

"Over the last nine games, the results don't reflect the closeness in the teams, the narrowness," Ashley-Cooper told AAP on Sunday.

"The losses don't reflect how tight it is between the two Test teams. It hurts, but we're definitely due and we know that and I think once we finally get that win, it will be huge for us.

"It's good to know that we're not peaking yet - we want to peak next year - but, as a team, everyone knows that we're building and that we're getting better.

"If we can continue doing that, then next year holds great hope for us." Australia are currently ranked third in the world rugby standings behind only New Zealand and South Africa, who the Wallabies thumped 30-13 a fortnight ago in Brisbane.

Ashley-Cooper, though, says it feels like unless they are top dogs, the Wallabies constantly seem on the nose with the bulk of Australian supporters.

"And the times you feel it the most is when you're losing to these buggers," the backline utility ace said before departing Christchurch.

"And it's happened obviously so frequently over the last couple of years, so I hope the fans can stick with us and still be proud of us because there's still an opportunity to finish second best in the world this year and that's our main goal now." The Wallabies have a three-week break before rounding out their 2010 Tri Nations campaign with two Tests against South Africa in Pretoria and Bloemfontein and a third for the year against New Zealand in Sydney on September 11.

Ashley-Cooper says notching successive wins in the Republic for the first time since 1963 is now the Wallabies' immediate goal.

"We'll take a lot of confidence out of beating them in Brisbane and hopefully we can get two in a row on the road over there," he said. "It's been a while since we've gone back-to-back there.

"Enough's enough really. We need to start winning.

"We had a good week here and we wanted to be a different team to the team that turned up in Melbourne (last week and lost 49-28 to New Zealand).

"We did that, but it was probably just around that 65, 70-minute mark where we really could have turned the sword, but it didn't happen.

"Everyone knows it - enough's enough and that's the way we're going to be approaching it with South Africa and certainly when we meet New Zealand back in Sydney.

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