Wallaby captain James Horwill believes his side will improve following their 32-6 victory over Italy at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday.
Despite winning by 26 points, the Wallabies found themselves held 6-6 at the half-time interval in after the hungry Azzurri contained them well.
But they then produced a stirring performance on the turnaround as Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, James O’Connor and Digby Ioane all scored.
“In the first half we knew they would come out and try and scrap and kick with the wind, and we made mistakes and gave them too much ball,” said Horwill.
“We didn’t take our opportunities when they came.
“In the second half we turned pressure into points and when we get the ball going forward, and Will Genia and Quade Cooper can get good ball, it’s deadly when that happens.
“It was good to see the backs get some space and score some tries. We are happy with the result but we can certainly improve.”
Meanwhile, coach Deans said that Australia’s effort should not be downplayed.
“We did well in the second half, we probably did well in the first half too, although it was not shown on the scoreboard,” he said.
“We took time to settle, Italy had the benefit of the breeze in the first half but our intensity at the contact area was better in the second half.”