WINNING the aerial balls is what Australia needs to improve on before the Gold Coast 7s tournament, says coach Michael O'Connor.
That is an area Samoa exposed during their Oceania Pool match at the Fiji Centennial International 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.
Australia lost 26-12.
O'Connor said: "It's always good to be back in Fiji where I call the home of 7s rugby," he said.
"This is where my boys learn 7s rugby and right now I've seen that we need to improve on a lot of areas.
"Especially our aerial balls, Samoa beat us in the air.
"Samoa is a good team and they were quick at the breakdown and we have come out with some 7s lessons."
O'Connor said they would bounce back in the tournament today.
"I have to add who they'll play in the quarter-final."