Sporting professionals are normally encouraged to have the memory of a goldfish as they move from one match to the next, quickly leaving the past behind.
Players tend to insist the team has moved on but Gordon sees value in using the pain as motivation following the 39-37 loss.
“I definitely think we channel that frustration,” Gordon said. “It’s pretty clear that we’re all bitterly disappointed by how that result finished. We’ve got to channel it in the right way.”
Wallabies forward Jed Holloway, who could switch to the back row to cover the loss of injured No.6 Rob Leota, echoed Gordon’s views.
“We’ve just got to lick our wounds and go again,” Holloway said. “There’s no lack of motivation after the weekend.
“We had to really channel the motivation throughout this week. It’s definitely there. The boys can’t wait to rip in. We were hurting, but we’ve used that as motivation. We had to channel that and make sure that the edge that we bring comes out on Saturday, as opposed to Tuesday or Thursday at training.”
Gordon said he felt comfortable with No.10 Bernard Foley outside him last week in the pair’s first start together in those positions at Test level.
However, despite Foley being likely to retain his spot, Noah Lolesio is back at training this week after his concussion against South Africa and eligible for selection.
“I love playing with Nardy,” Gordon said. “We have obviously played … together at the Tahs. We’re pretty familiar with each other. We trained during that break leading into the All Blacks series. We’re pretty comfy with each other. There’s not too much teething [issues] going on there. It’s a familiar voice.”
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