Ben Smith quickly back to earth after Test high

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Lynn McConnell     20 Jun 2014     Getty Images

There's still a third Test to be won in Hamilton on Saturday night, and Smith, believe it or not, isn't entirely happy with how he played on his home turf in Dunedin.

"There're a couple of things in my game I need to improve. There's a few times where I could have drawn and passed a bit better, there's a kick I shanked and a ball that I dropped when the line was sort of open so there's a few things I need to improve and it is just working on those areas this week and trying to get better," he said.

Having a good challenge posed by England had been beneficial for the side because every team wanted to be challenged.

Smith said he enjoyed being an All Black, and wearing the jersey, but the thing about having that status was that it was all about wanting to get better.

"For me it is a case of looking at what you have done right and what you have done wrong and going to try and fix those things while also keeping working on the things that are working well for you," he said.

Smith will also have another chance to enjoy the play of his Highlanders team-mate, and new starting Test cap, centre Malakai Fekitoa.

"I've had a front row seat at seeing him progress and I think it is his attitude [that is most striking]. Right from the get-go with the Highlanders we called him 'Hundy' because everything he did was 100 percent. Even when things weren't required to be 100 percent he would just give it his all.

"I think he just goes out there and puts everything on the field. He enjoys what he does which you can see from watching. He's progressed his game throughout the year," he said.

Fekitoa was also making the most of having the man he replaced Conrad Smith on hand for advice and he was getting the most out of the coaches, Smith said.

"One of the main things is learning and he is doing that really well and is challenging people.

"He's got an awesome skills set and he's got something really special so if he brings that on Saturday I'm sure he will go really well," he said.