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All Blacks wary of Australian approach

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Lynn McConnell     25 Aug 2017     Getty Images

Flanker Sam Cane said memories of last year's second Test against the Wallabies where the 'niggle factor' was applied by the visitors in an attempt to unsettle the All Blacks were still fresh.

They had learned some lessons from being exposed to that approach, he said. The most obvious was recognising that was how they were playing and appreciating that while playing that way the Wallabies were not concentrating on other areas.

"As long as you don't let it distract you from doing your [job], at the same time you don't want to put up with any stuff like that that you shouldn't have to."


It was a case of letting the opposition know you weren't going to put up with any of that rubbish, he said.

Cane was hopeful the game would be a free-flowing one with both sides taking advantage of the dry ball.

He was also looking forward to having regular hooker Dan Coles back on board after a rough season with concussion issues.

Cane said Coles had a tough time of it while recovering but while not playing he had still been able to make a contribution to the side during the Lions series.

"He's really straight to the point with what he says and I enjoy that. We know what he can do on the field so he's a bit of a boost to have back that's for sure.

"The way Codie [Taylor] has stepped up and played has been really exceptional as well so to have the one-two punch with them will be awesome," he said.


The build-up during the week had centred around the standard they had set during the first 50 minutes of last week's game before dropping off, so they would be looking to maintain the intensity of the 50 minutes across the game.

Cane put the drop-off down to the sub-conscious minds of the players while there was also the factor that no Australian side was ever going to lie down.

Flanker Liam Squire said he had been trying to bring consistency to his game and he was looking forward to the challenge of achieving that this weekend on his franchise home ground.

He hadn't changed his preparation at all and was hoping to perform as he had last week. But the consistency was based around adapting to games whether they were tight or loose and managing to keep himself involved while contributing where he could.

His broken thumb had been frustrating during the Super Rugby season and the Lions series but he was enjoying being back in the action again.