Saia Fainga'a and Israel Folau play touch footy during the Wallabies Captain's Run at ANZ Stadium on Friday. Photo: Getty Images
The Wallabies are confident they can play ''fast, up-tempo footy'' against the All Blacks without the errors that hobbled their performances against the British and Irish Lions.
Despite retaining the bones of the back line that failed miserably to match the Lions firepower at ANZ Stadium little more than a month ago, there is a sense among the squad that a couple of key positional tweaks have restored the rightful order to the Wallabies' attack.
Half-back Will Genia said as much on Friday, calling the wing the best place for former five-eighth James O'Connor and assuring jittery fans there would be no repeat of the pushed passes or fumbled catches that surfaced the last time the Wallabies tried to play at pace.
''I think it's completely different, we're playing a different style of game under [coach] Ewen [McKenzie] to what we played in the Lions, we've got players in different positions and guys who are here who have been playing well all season and are full of confidence,'' Genia said.
''We want to play fast, up-tempo footy. As well as the breakdown being a focus, one way to beat the All Blacks is to run them around, change direction, and just have different points of attack as opposed to just playing off No. 9s or No. 10s.
''It's good we've got someone like Jesse [Mogg] at the back, and Christian [Lealiifano at No. 12], who is a good ball distributor as well. We just have to make sure we utilise the strengths we have in the group.''
Mogg and Lealiifano will start on Saturday in the same positions they finished the third Lions Test. McKenzie moved O'Connor on to the wing to make room for Matt Toomua but retained Lealiifano's midfield partner Adam Ashley-Cooper and kept Israel Folau on the wing.
Genia said a back three boasting the collective pace and footwork of O'Connor, Folau and Mogg, who makes his first Test start on Saturday, could prove the Wallabies' trump card.
''[Mogg] has genuine pace and a left boot, and I think that's something we've genuinely missed out on, having a left and right foot,'' he said.
''And just his ability to run the ball, he is so elusive. He can beat players very easily one-on-one, and he's very quick. Hopefully we can give some space to use his ability.''
If the Wallabies fail to slow down the All Blacks' ball they will pay, as they have many times before. ''They're almost impossible to defend against if they get a roll-on or get quick ball so we have to be really accurate in that area with our low tackles and make sure we get guys over the ball,'' Genia said.
Traditional All Blacks fringe player Ben Smith will be hoping to transfer his hot Super Rugby form to the Test arena. But apart from the Highlanders winger, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has lined up a cast of ''been-there, conquered-that'' characters for his defence of the cup.