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Romano marks Test debut in style

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Sportal.co.nz     24 Jun 2012     Getty Images

The Crusaders No.4 stepped up admirably to the rigours of international rugby as the All Blacks shook off a shaky performance in Christchurch to ensure they ended the international window on a high.

Romano said playing in the international game was certainly a step up from Super Rugby but was being made easier by the stepping up of others in the team.

Of more importance to the Canterbury lock was the impressiveness of the All Blacks' lineout and scrum feeds. Having the ability to display a perfect lineout record against the Irish after three Tests was something the forwards were proud of, he said.

"You need the set piece ball to be clean so you can give the backs the ball. I pride myself on really good set piece ball - certainly ticked the right boxes anyway."

The scrums were another impressive aspect of the series and Romano said the unit couldn't afford to do anything less than perform at the highest level.

"We have a good hit and when you don't chase that hit the Irish will certainly get to you.

"You can always improve all the facets of the game so we'll enjoy tonight then move on."

Romano will return to the Crusaders, who kick back into Super Rugby mode when they tackle the Hurricanes.