25 Jul 2011

Wallabies eyeing up end to Eden Park hoodoo

10:42 am on 25 July 2011

Not resting on their laurels, the Wallabies have swiftly reset their sights on breaking a decade-long victory drought against the All Blacks in New Zealand.

The Australians followed their 39-20 Tri Nations drubbing of South Africa in Sydney on Saturday night by relocating to the Gold Coast for an intense 10-day training block designed to have them primed to meet the world's top-ranked side in Auckland in two weeks.

Australia have lost their past 11 Tests in New Zealand and haven't won at Auckland's Eden Park in 25 years.

Apart from being desperate to break the hoodoo in the last trans-Tasman showdown before the Rugby World Cup kicks off in New Zealand in less than six weeks, victory over the All Blacks would give the Wallabies a psychological edge.

And having finally snapped a 10-Test losing streak against the All Blacks in Hong Kong last November, Deans believes his side is far better placed to win in New Zealand than during his previous three years at the helm.

Goalkicking winger James O'Connor, still only 21 but already with 28 Test caps, wasn't even born the last time Australia won in Auckland in 1986 and says the so-called bogy ground holds no fears for the new-age Wallabies.

Kurtley Beale could miss the match after arriving at Sydney airport on Sunday looking like he'd been mugged.

The classy fullback was limping from a twisted ankle, sporting a black eye and four stitches in his head and had his left shoulder in a sling courtesy of Saturday night's bruising battle with the Springboks.

Deans also says he was unlikely to have any of his other 10 or so injured or recovering World Cup hopefuls available.