Cane says All Blacks respect Australian challenge

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Lynn McConnell     10 Aug 2014     Getty Images

Returning flanker Sam Cane said it still required the fundamentals to be done well to break the 17 Test-winning record which would be the product of them playing well.

"If we can take it to the Aussies, it would be nice to knock it off," he said.

"It's going to be a massive game and we know we are going to have to prepare really well to come out on top."

Cane left the field after about half an hour into Friday's 'game of three halves' with a cut to his head but said it had been great to get onto the field after a two-month absence, although having had training in the morning before the night game was not the ideal preparation.

"I was down to play 40 minutes, it would have been nice to play out the 40 but half an hour was close enough and that is just getting the contact back in the shoulders and testing the lungs out again, but it was enjoyable," he said.

"The last two months has all been about hard work and I guess in the back of my mind was the opportunity to hopefully make this squad and the chance to pull on the black jersey again. That's what drives you during those times of training by yourself and anything can happen and if the opportunity comes up to get out there then you have got to be ready for it," he said.

Cane wasn't taking selection in the match squad for granted and was awaiting the team announcement with some nervousness.

He did think Australia would have taken confidence from the outcome of the Super Rugby final, but at the same time said there were other Australian sides that hadn't done so well. While the Waratahs had done well and had achieved a significant result, the All Blacks had also achieved plenty and they were looking forward to the game.

"We'll definitely respect them, but we'll back ourselves," he said.

Cane said having Aaron Cruden at first five-eighths as Dan Carter's substitute was comforting because Cruden was a player who backed himself and had the skills and ability to back that up.

"We know, as forwards, when we give him good ball hes got pretty magic feet and good hands on him and he creates space for the guys out wide. He's got a steady head and he's a leader on the field as well."