"There are still a lot of things we need to work on": Israel Folau.

"There are still a lot of things we need to work on": Israel Folau. Photo: Getty Images

Israel Folau says the Wallabies are yet to develop the strong collective bond between players a side needs if it is to play at its best.

The former NRL and AFL player said he and the Wallabies realised they faced a mountain of technical and physical work to challenge the All Blacks and Springboks.

But when asked if the Wallabies' record of one win and three losses from four Tests under new coach Ewen McKenzie was also partly due to them having to adjust to his ideas, Folau said: ''It's a little bit of that, but also off the field is where we need to connect.

''I don't think we are there at the moment. There are still a lot of things we have to do as a team to get that tight. And, obviously, when it's time to go out and play you will see that we are a tight group. It's slowly getting there, but there are still a lot of things we need to work on as a team. That will come the more time we spend together.''

Folau does not expect many to tip the Wallabies to beat the Springboks when the two sides meet in their next Rugby Championship game at Cape Town on Saturday week.

The Wallabies tasted their first victory under McKenzie last Saturday against the Pumas in Perth, but their 14-13 win was scrappy and unconvincing.

The Wallabies should also still be pained by memories of the 38-12 hiding they suffered at the hands of the Springboks in Brisbane a week earlier.

''It's going to be a tough challenge,'' Folau said. ''We experienced that at Suncorp. I guess it's going to be an even bigger challenge going over to Cape Town and playing in front of their home crowd. Not many people give us a chance going over there, but that could work in a positive way. We can just go over there, get our work done and then try and get the result.''

Folau also said the Wallabies were caught out by the intensity and physicality of the Springboks when they last played them in Brisbane, especially at the breakdown.

''They shocked us a bit right from the start,'' Folau said. ''Where we failed was in the breakdown. They killed us there. It's something we are going to have to focus on.''

Folau expects more from himself. He said he was far from the finished product he hopes to be.

''I can certainly lift another level,'' said Folau, who played at No.15 against the Springboks and Pumas. ''That's going to be the challenge … getting to the next level and being consistent and staying there. I have had the experience to play in the Lions series, and to play against the All Blacks and South Africa. Now I have to try and make my stamp in the game and improve my own game and take it to the next level.''

Folau would also love to remain at fullback with the Wallabies, especially with Jesse Mogg out for the season due to shoulder surgery.

''It's unfortunate for Jesse to have surgery, but it gives me the opportunity … to try and make it a spot I really own,'' he said.

''I'm trying to get the ball in my hands as much as I can, doing it at the right time. Sometimes it's not all up to you.''

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