David Pocock says Australia must look at their defeat to New Zealand critically if they are to have any chance of improving in Wellington.
Australia must be honest about their shortcomings in the 42-8 thumping at the hands of New Zealand in their Rugby Championship opener if they are to improve, says David Pocock.
The Wallabies suffered their heaviest defeat on home soil against the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium last Saturday, and the margin of defeat could have been greater having trailed 32-3 at the interval.
On the back of such a heavy defeat, number eight Pocock believes a critical review is the only way the team can improve ahead of the return match against their Bledisloe Cup rivals in Wellington this Saturday.
"You've got to be pretty honest about where we fell short and have a good look at that and then train that," Pocock is quoted as saying by rugby.com.au.
"I feel like we've been preparing well and we'll just have to change a few things and do it better.
"They're [New Zealand] a great back row - really well balanced and really complement each other.
"We've got a lot to work on there so we'll see how that goes this week."