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Carter wants more of the same from his No.9

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Sportal.co.nz     15 Jun 2012     Getty Images

Carter was high in his praise for the Test debutant who won accolades all around for the way he lifted the All Blacks effort in the first Test.

"I thought he played extremely well. He got great service from the forwards and his distribution was fantastic which we were all expecting.

"I get my sense on how rushed I felt and to be honest I felt like I had a lot of time and space which is credit to his pass but what I enjoyed was that he attacked the line as well and at the right time so he's a real threat.

"And that is a big part of his game as well, his running game. He's very sharp and fast around the breakdowns so [I will be] just encouraging him to back his instincts and continue to play as well as he can," he said.

The All Blacks plan for the Test would be based around developing combinations and building on their first Test effort.

"A few subtle changes are definitely needed, especially when you are playing a three-Test series against the same opposition. You're going to analyse the game a lot more so there'll be a few more subtle changes.

"But we'll have to bring even more intensity and more skill this weekend. Everything about our game just needs to improve because we realise the Irish are going to be much stronger this weekend."

The simplicity of the All Blacks plan had been rewarded in Auckland but that was also because of the work put in during the week before to ensure the understanding of the plan.

"That has continued this week, although we have tweaked the odd thing but not too many changes so everyone is nice and clear and we'll just go out there and play footy."

Carter expected Ireland to attempt to lift the intensity of their play and they would have been working on areas where they thought they could improve on the first Test effort.

There had been occasions in the first Test when they had put the All Blacks under pressure and they would be looking to extend those opportunities which could see them as a much bigger threat in the Saturday's game.

Carter felt that when Ireland held onto the ball through a number of phases they got reward for their efforts and when they had been able to achieve turnovers, or to slow down All Blacks ball, they had been more comfortable and they were certain to be areas they looked to build upon in Christchurch.

"We just have to play the game at pace and with a big emphasis on the ball carrier controlling the gain [advantage] line and if you can get go-forward ball more often than not you can recycle and get fast ball so a huge emphasis on that. It all starts from the set piece and having good, effective back strike from there and if you do that and get over the gain line you can get your game flowing," he said.