Wallabies set to retain bold kicking game

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The Wallabies won't stray too far from the bold kicking tactics which brought them success in the opening Test against Ireland, according to winger Dane Haylett-Petty.

In the Brisbane Test win the Wallabies' risky tactics of cross-kicking to exploit the aerial skills of Israel Folau and Haylett-Petty proved a game winner against the Six Nations champions.

While the Irish will be on guard for another aerial assault at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Saturday night, Haylett-Petty only expected his team to tweak their attack.

"We'll have a look at it and see what sort of subtle changes we will make but I don't think we'll be changing too much as things went well on the weekend," Haylett-Petty said on Monday.

"We've got a very well-rounded kicking game and have got options all over the park.

"It just so happened it worked down that right edge on the weekend."

There was some scepticism about Haylett-Petty's inclusion in the starting side given he'd missed a large part of the Melbourne Rebels' Super Rugby season through concussion and a related neck injury.

He also missed the UK spring tour with a biceps injury.

But as well as his skills in the air the 28-year-old showed his value in defence, pulling off a try-saving tackle on Ireland No.8 CJ Stander, although he was happy to give credit to Marika Koroibete, who was also involved.

"I'd like to get a bit more ball but I think getting back and being able to play two Super Rugby games gave me confidence heading into this Test series," he said.

"It was great to get back out there; it's been 11 months since I pulled on the Wallabies jersey so I'm very happy to play."

Haylett-Petty predicted Ireland, who hadn't lost for 12 games, would bounce back with some personnel changes although didn't feel they would alter their game plan.

"They've obviously been very successful with the way they've played, so I can't imagine they will be changing everything with one loss," he said.