New Zealand's 'backs to the wall' - Cruden

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Lynn McConnell     20 Aug 2014     Getty Images

First five-eighths Aaron Cruden said on Tuesday the side were excited to be back on Eden Park and it was good to be able to attempt to make amends within seven days of their last encounter.

"We have talked a little about the fact our backs are against the wall and we will have to come out fighting the way we know that Kiwis do, and especially the All Blacks do.

"It is a massive challenge this week and this team responds really nicely when a big challenge is put in front of us," Cruden said.

By the same token, he acknowledged Australia would be disappointed at not getting a win that they had been hunting and with that in mind the All Blacks had to match, or improve, the level of desire Australia had shown in the first game.

"I think the desire is never questioned with an All Blacks team but it just comes down to a few of our skills sets and a big one was our decision-making last weekend,' he said.

He and halfback partner Aaron Smith were keen to get their decision-making to a higher level than was achieved in Sydney.

"We've had a really honest review process over the last few days and felt we were just a little bit sluggish and probably caught on our heels a bit instead of of being on our toes and coming forward at them.

"We do have to give the Australian defence a lot of credit. They really came hard at us but we have to tweak a few things in terms of our game plan and get our decision-making right to try and apply a bit more pressure," he said.

While the public doesn't know who will fill Ma'a Nonu's expected absence from the team, Cruden said several options had been worked at training on Tuesday and they had fitted in nicely.

"For us it is just going out there and doing your job and understanding your role really well and executing that to the best of your ability," he said.

Having Conrad Smith back from paternity leave at centre would be important for those around him.

"There's a lot of unseen work that he does around the field that hardly gets noticed but as his team-mates we really notice it," he said.