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All Blacks lineout should be better

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Sportal.co.nz     23 Aug 2013     Getty Images

Lock Brodie Retallick said the All Blacks had probably been guilty of concentrating on dealing with the changes to the scrum in their build-up to the first Test and the lesson had been that equal time needed to be spent on lineout preparations if they were to have a better chance of quality set pieces.

The main problem with the lineout had been an issue of clarity where everyone was throwing, lifting and jumping as best they could.

"If we get those three elements right then it will all come together and we should be able to win the ball," he said.

There were elements of the scrummaging that were tried that hadn't worked too well last week and there had been attention to paid to correcting those situations.

"I think [this week] should be another step forward. Last week there were quite a few penalties and we're just looking to eliminate them this week and get some good ball for the backs to play with," he said.

The key was getting clean ball from the scrum and it was important to play by the rulebook and get the new requirements right.

Retallick acknowledged Tony Woodcock's role in playing 100 Tests in the loosehead role and said for anyone to play that many games it had to be an outstanding achievement.

"It just shows, there's not many people have done it, and he's been around for a long time and probably playing when I was still at primary school so he's awesome for this team. He's been there a long time and he knows a few tricks," he said.

The fact Retallick was starting this week, in the absence of the injured Luke Romano, did not mean anything different. It was still a case of preparing well during the week and getting the necessary clarity on roles needed during the game.

The fact it was Australia was a bonus.

"As a Kiwi you always want to play the Aussies, especially for the Bledisloe Cup. It means a lot to this team so if we can put a good performance out there this week and lock that away for another year it means a lot to us," he said.