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Slippery ... Wallabies winger Nick Cummins eludes Toby Flood of England to score a try at Twickenham on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

LONDON: Nick Cummins talks a lot about the ''honey badger'' but beneath the Discovery Channel jokes the wild-haired winger knows exactly what looms on the horizon for the Wallabies.

The exact scenario that confronts them now came to pass during Australia's gutsy win over England. Cummins took a beautiful ball from halfback Nick Phipps and charged up the right flank to score his maiden Test try and break Australia's two-Test try-scoring drought.

The Wallabies celebrated, the game opened up, then England hit straight back. Australia ended up back where they started - chasing a comeback - going into the break.

Cummins likened that scenario to the challenge facing the squad when the players arrive in Florence, fresh from a win, confidence peaking, defences low.

''Yeah, there is [a danger], it's like when a team scores they're most vulnerable straight after that try to getting scored against,'' he said. ''But we're not going to let our heads down or drop our guard because it's Test rugby and these teams are going to watch these tapes and they're going to come out ready for us and we've got to bring out the aggression - everything we've got - again and again and again. There's no easy games.''

The 25-year-old Force winger, who made his debut this season, was a revelation against the English, topping the stats for run metres, threatening each time he touched the ball and defending as if Twickenham was his home, not the centre of enemy territory.

''We just wanted to have a crack,'' Cummins said. ''We know we've got a couple of blokes who can beat [a guy] one-on-one and in recent weeks we haven't been able to use that as much.''

After a few days of soul-searching after Paris and, undoubtedly, further meditations on the spirit of the African badger, Cummins could sense the Wallabies were up for a fight.

''You might think that heads go down in these sorts of situations but with this bunch of guys … - it might be the Australian mentality or something - when things get a bit tough, you end up finding a bit of something from somewhere to produce what you need to,'' he said. ''You don't want to talk too soon because there's a couple more games to go but the boys really banded together after [the Test against France]. They came closer after that performance last week. It wasn't up to scratch.''