It’s been almost three months since the Wallabies tasted victory and lock Rory Arnold wants to rinse the “sour taste” in his mouth with victory against Argentina on Saturday.
Following a draw with South Africa it will have been 12 weeks since the Wallabies last Test win when host the Pumas at Canberra Stadium this week.
After reviewing the Springboks game Arnold said there is plenty of room for improvement but remains confident the Wallabies can return to winnings ways in the capital.
“A draw wasn’t the result we were after and it leaves you with a sour taste in your mouth,” Arnold said.
“We highlighted a number of opportunities where we could have held out and won that game but we just slipped up a bit with our detail.
“We’re all looking for that win, it’s been a while and obviously we wanted to win on the weekend but we didn’t get the result so we’ll dust off and go again.
“Argentina love to scrum, it’s the foundation of any good side and we’ll have to better than we were last weekend and definitely lineout-wise we were pretty scratchy as well, so we’ve got a bit of work to do.”
Arnold and Scott Sio are the only players in the tight five to have started all three Rugby Championship matches and coach Michael Cheika is expected to name the ACT Brumbies duo again against the Pumas.
“Cheik has been mixing and matching a little bit but it’s good to see players coming in and out because it means everyone is pushing for that starting spot, it’s a good problem to have,” Arnold said.
have won just eight of 21 Tests since the 2015 World Cup and are winless since June 24, but Sio believes it will only take minor changes to get back on the winner’s list this week.
“Our urgency needs to be better, just having a bit more spark around our game that maybe let us down in crucial moments,” Sio said.
“It’s about making sure we finish off the game, the back end of our game we’d really like to improve, we know we’re fit enough so it’s all about refining the little details.
“We know we’re building something here and it’s really about continued belief in everything we do, results haven’t gone our way but if we’re too result focused we’re going to forget about the process.”
Argentina hung tough with New Zealand last week and even led the All Blacks at half-time to defy their current world ranking of 10 which Sio said is a sign of the times.
“It shows how rugby is going nowadays, there used to be a big divide between the top five and the next five but everyone is competing now in that top 10 now,” Sio said.
“Places in those ranking are very close as we’ve seen in recent results, if you’re just that little bit off anyone can pick you off, so we’ll really have to be on top of everything this week.”
Wallabies prop Scott Sio in Canberra ahead their clash against Argentina. Photo: Stuart Walmsley
The Brumbies loosehead said it was great to be back in capital breathing “that fresh Canberra air” and wants to see a full house in the stands on Saturday night.
“Canberra has a long history of love for rugby and I know they’ve been looking forward to having a Test match here, so I’m backing the Canberra fans to turn out on the weekend,” Sio said.
“It’s been seven years since the last Test and I’ve been here for six years now so I’m definitely looking forward to it, I’ve played plenty of Brumbies games here but I’d love to see what the atmosphere is going to be like for a Test.”