Australia head coach Michael Cheika said this week he was "a little surprised" with the reaction from Ireland following the 18-9 defeat in Brisbane last week.

The former Leinster coach is of the opinion that the Irish management and players players have been overly hard on themselves – "I thought they were pretty good" – and that there was little to choose between the sides ranked second and third in the world behind New Zealand.

Whether that is mind games from the wily Cheika, or his genuine take on events is a matter of interpretation, but there is no doubt the tourists are looking to up their game in Melbourne on Saturday morning (kick-off 11am).

Joe Schmidt has shaken things up with his team selection and in come frontliners such as Johnny Sexton, Garry Ringrose, Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong and Dan Leavy.

The head coach has pinpointed the scrum as an area they want to address, while breaking even in the tight exchanges in the face of poachers Michael Hooper and David Pocock would represent an improvement.

Ringrose played no part last week, but will resume his partnership with Robbie Henshaw in midfield, and is looking forward to the challenge of keeping the series alive as a competitive event.

"We didn’t finish the way we wanted and the 23 guys that go out Saturday are the lucky ones to hopefully right those wrongs," he told RTÉ Sport.

"Everyone has been chomping at the bit and excited by the challenge."

The 23-year-old describes the Wallabies as "exceptional" and while the hosts have named an unchanged 23-man squad, Schmidt has decided to shuffle the pack.

Niall Scannell gets his chance to shine at hooker, Devin Toner takes over from Iain Henderson who is nursing minor knee injury, while Andrew Conway will be seeking to follow on from his fine form last November.

Ringrose scores a try against Australia in November 2016

Ringrose, who will win his 14th cap this weekend, says the role of the entire squad is crucial in achieving their goal of a Test series victory .

"We pride ourselves on our preparation. There is a duty whether you are in the starting XV or not, you prepare as best you can. When you are not, you try to throw Australian pictures at the guys.

"As a group we know we can be better"

"When you are in the team you try to adapt so when it comes to the game, it’s not the first time you have seen it."

"Simple fixes" is how the Leinster man reflects on Ireland’s deficiencies last time out, insisting the problems were more individual rather than a systems breakdown.

"As a group we know we can be better."

Starting on Saturday if Ireland are to head to Sydney next week still in the hunt for a Test Series.

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