Rugby: Folau 'very pissed off' with teammate

Wallabies star Israel Folau. Photo / Getty Images
Wallabies star Israel Folau. Photo / Getty Images

Israel Folau was 'very pissed off' with match-winning teammate Tevita Kuridrani after the Wallabies get-out-of-jail win over Scotland, the damaging outside centre has revealed.

With the chance to break an eight-game tryless streak - the longest of his career - Folau's eyes lit up when he trailed Kuridrani in support with five minutes to go and the tryline in sight.

The scene was set for Folau, in his 50th Test, to be the hero - only for Kuridrani to dummy and take on Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg.

After being tackled short of the line, the 25-year-old showed great composure and skill to reach out and plant the winning try on the line - with Folau among the first to celebrate with him.

But, with coach Michael Cheika also hinting that the safer option may have been to dump the ball off to Folau, Kuridrani joked the code-hopping star had been less than impressed.

"He was very pissed off with me but we'll deal with it after," Kuridrani said with a grin after admitting he heard Folau's pleas for the ball.

Kuridrani was simply determined to score in order to make up for a first-half defensive error.

But the lack of a five-pointer, and the extension of his try drought to nine games, did little to curtail Folau's influence on the win.

The dynamic fullback is back to his high-flying best, and caused headaches for Scotland's defence throughout the 80 minutes while his offloads remain a constant source of spark for Australia's attack.

He also leapt high to recover two kickoffs and was comfortable as ever with whatever kicks Scotland sent his way.

While reluctant to single any player out for praise, Cheika credited Folau's hot form with a settled off-field life with the 27-year-old recently becoming engaged to New Zealand netball star Maria Tutaia.

"We'll have to get all our blokes engaged," Cheika joked.

"He's really happy, he's in a good space and that's when lads generally play good footy.

"He's quite clear about his role within the team. I think he's enjoyed having some younger guys, newer guys on the tour that he's been able to look after and nurture. He's just enjoying his rugby."

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