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Time for the All Blacks to really make the world take notice

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James Mortimer     16 Oct 2013     Getty Images

If anything, the All Blacks are relishing this match to put a big exclamation mark on proceedings halfway through their title reign.

Head coach Steve Hansen said that after their brilliant Ellis Park win that the team was getting plenty of 'pats on the back', but the fuzzy glow that surrounds the team will lose plenty of shine if the Wallabies become the first side since the Springboks in 2009 to win on New Zealand soil.

That proud record, and the memory of a flat 18-18 draw against the Wallabies last year, is motivation enough.

But despite the Wallabies struggling this year, they are a team that lives and dies on confidence, and the All Blacks will not be keen to help in this department.

With 15 straight wins against Australia at home (stretching back to 2001), and six matches without defeat, the World Champions are well aware that the only blemish in those last six was in Brisbane last year.

Hansen is not one to bask in any glory, no matter how well deserved, so he was keen to get his troops back to show the world who was boss.

"This team needs this game," he said.

"This is an ideal game for us because if we want to make statements then this is an opportunity.

"We've come off a great win, everyone has given us a big pat on the back, and we've got two choices.

"Either be like pigs in the mud and roll in it and say how good we are, or we can get back to work and say we're better than that and we want to improve our game.

"That seems to be the attitude within the group."

"The key message is we've got to progress from where we were in our last performance. If we sit and be comfortable, then someone is going to come screaming past us."