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All Blacks learn from earlier record chances

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Lynn McConnell     21 Oct 2016     Getty Images

All Blacks captain Kieran Read said at his captain's run press conference before the Bledisloe Cup, presented by American Express, at Eden Park that when there was something on the line the opposition raised their game and the All Blacks would have to raise theirs.

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"We know there's a little bit extra [in the game] and that's extra for both teams. It's not just our record, it's Australia's record to try and stop us from making it so that's going to put a bit of extra spice on it," he said.

So far as the potential world record for consecutive wins was concerned, it had been good for the side's mental point of view that they had acknowledged what was at stake.

"Australia certainly know what is at stake as well and I'm sure they'll come in here with as much attitude to try and knock us off. It's got to be our preparation, our work, that's going to win this game on Saturday night, it's not going to be us just thinking it is going to happen," he said.

"The work's been done. I'm sure we're going to be all fired up to come tomorrow night and get into it," he said.
While the 18 wins had not been done by a tier one nation before, the All Blacks still had to prepare like all the other games in which they had been successful.

"The boys are excited, we're up for this challenge, it's going to be a massive game and I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

"I think our preparation has been great. I guess from our point of view it was recovery coming back from our trip. There's no bigger game for us playing at Eden Park against the Aussies so we know it's going to be a massive game.

The side hadn't been affected by Australia's late naming of their side. They didn't name it until Friday.

Read said New Zealand had been focusing more on themselves most weeks.

There were only so many options the Australians could bring and for the All Blacks it was on what they could do.

"When we do that really well our preparation is the thing that gets us over the line on Saturday nights."

He repeated the view that others have made during the week that there was more confidence among the Australians and they were playing a better quality of rugby.

"They've found a better way to attack using the ball a lot better and their loose forwards…the No.8 they have picked is a strong ball carrier and that gives them a bit of go-forward and we know how dangerous their backs are.

"I think they've just got a bit of confidence so we know it's going to be a tough game," he said.