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Sportal.co.nz     27 Aug 2011     Getty Images

Since 2001, when Totai Kefu scored at the death in Sydney to seal victory over New Zealand and a second consecutive Tri Nations series win, Australia have suffered through a decade as the competition's third wheel.

A day out from their opportunity to turn the tide on home turf at Suncorp Stadium, freshly promoted skipper James Horwill made clear how determined his side was to end their streak as also-rans.

"The result is what we're looking for and that is to win the Tri Nations. We haven't won it for a while and as a team and I think it'd be fantastic for us to get our hands on that trophy," said Horwill on Friday.

"We want as much silverware as possible in the trophy cabinet."

"That's what we're playing for tomorrow night - the winner takes the spoils, so that's all we're focused on."

"It's probably the biggest tournament in the world, bar what's happening in a World Cup year, so it's a big tournament for us."

"We haven't had our hands on that trophy for 10 years and that's a long drought not to have your hands on a trophy that's being competed for by three teams."

Horwill said there hadn't been talk about the World Cup in camp, such was the focus on claiming the Tri Nations with victory over arch-rivals New Zealand.

Both Horwill and ruck-monster David Pocock identified matching physicality at the breakdown and providing clean ball as key to achieving the upset victory.

Blown out of the contest by an early onslaught from the All Blacks in their most recent Bledisloe tussle at Eden Park, the Wallabies have primed themselves to match muscle and commitment through the traditional softening-up period.

"In the whole tournament, we've seen how important those first 20 minutes are and how physical they've been, so that's going to be the key for us," said Pocock.

"It's very hard to come back at the All Blacks from 17-0 down at half-time, so it's definitely a focus for us, starting well and continuing that through the rest of the game."