2 Aug 2011

Wallabies fullback full of fighting words ahead of Bledisloe clash

6:01 am on 2 August 2011

Game-breaking fullback Kurtley Beale believes the rising Wallabies have the confidence, talent, intuition and tough Bledisloe rugby experiences to "tear any team apart".

In a sign of Australia's growing belief in a World Cup year, Beale says the lessons learned in recent trans-Tasman battles have them well positioned for a first win on New Zealand soil in 11 years on Saturday night.

But both he and coach Robbie Deans know last year's breakthrough against the All Blacks in Hong Kong will be a one-off without more team-first sacrifices and clinical execution in the Tri-nations test at Eden Park.

The Wallabies had lost their previous 10 Bledisloe Tests before the 26-24 Hong Kong success, coming from 24-12 down in the last 20 minutes to triumph with a last-gasp James O'Connor sideline conversion.

Beale says the composure shown, to finally break the rot, was "crucial" to their hopes in Auckland.

Ready to go after recovering from his ankle problem, Beale felt the Super Rugby success of the Queensland Reds, engineered by Test halves Will Genia and Quade Cooper, could transfer a "winning culture" to the Wallabies.

However knowing the battle up front will determine the backline opportunities, Deans highlighted the massive step up from Australia's Tri Nations opener.

The All Blacks were clinical in the 40-7 thumping of the hapless `Boks and will be stronger again with the return of starting forwards Kieran Read, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks and Keven Mealamu.

The Wallabies fly out on Wednesday night while Deans will name his 24-man travel party today (Tuesday), which is set to contain halfback Luke Burgess who has overcome a broken hand.