Wales won their first Grand Slam in 27 years this year but have suffered record defeats to New Zealand and South Africa this month. They even needed a late drop goal to beat lowly Fiji and have scored only two tries in the three games. But Thomas still believes his injury-ravaged team can salvage some pride by beating the Wallabies in Cardiff on Saturday.
"With the way things have gone this Autumn the players realise this is their last chance to put things right," said Thomas. "We wanted to play against these big teams to test ourselves but we feel we are better than this. The only way to move forward is to get a victory - that is more important to us than anything.
"We have dug in and shown improvements from each game but we know we need to cut out the errors that have been costing us so far.
"We're not looking for excuses but we've had a lot of injuries and new combinations this month and our preparation hasn't been ideal. But come Saturday, if we perform well, everything that has gone on before will be forgotten. I'm sure we can win."
The slump in form has seen Wales drop to sixth in the world rankings while Australia regained their place in the top three with an emphatic victory over Ireland in Dublin. That win ended their own miserable run of seven successive defeats while Wales have not beaten the Aussies since 1987.
Thomas added: "Australia have had a tough year but you can never write off a team like the Wallabies. They have been a top three team for the last ten years."
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.