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Barrett keen to atone for sin-binning

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Lynn McConnell     18 Aug 2014     Getty Images

He wasn't dwelling on the incident in Auckland on Monday as the New Zealanders began their preparation for the second encounter, at Eden Park, on Saturday.

His yellow carding had annoyed him at the time. It was hard watching for 10 of the vital last 12 minutes and he said the lesson was that it was hard to make an impact from the sideline.

What was done was done, he said, and he just wanted the chance to put things right, he said.

"Saturday night can't come around quick enough," he said.

Barrett said the team had an honest session of appraisal of the game before heading to practice on Monday.

Attention to their skill sets was vital because the below par skills on show in Sydney had cost the side, he said.

"It was wet out there, but we can't make excuses, we've just got to work harder during the week.

"It was a pretty gutting feeling in the changing room afterwards. It was a big opportunity we let slip but we're really excited about this week. It's an opportunity to win the Bledisloe [Cup].

"Obviously we're hurting from the weekend so Saturday night is going to be another big night," Barrett said.

The players weren't concerned about the fact the game was being played at Eden Park, where they haven't lost since 1994 and where Australia hasn't won since 1986.

It was about getting their winning game back on track on whatever ground the game was played.

"We think the clarity [in the skill sets] is right, it's just about doing it. We're happy with our preparation, it's less talk and more action out on the field," he said.

"We just need to focus on our game and our performance because that's what let us down at the weekend," he said.