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All Blacks prepare for Lions' response

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Lynn McConnell     27 Jun 2017     Getty Images

Veteran loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett said the All Blacks were confident their processes would have them in the right place, and ready to cope with any on-field adjustments that might be necessary.

Crockett said they had been working hard on their scrum and were pleased with how it performed but it was still capable of doing better.

"The challenge is going to be massive again, we expect the Lions to step it up and we've just got to make sure we do the same. We've only won the first Test and there's still two to come," Crockett said.

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It would be a case of the strategy group working out the plan and the All Blacks going out to prepare to produce it on the field on Saturday.

Responding to Lions coach Warren Gatland's comments about attention being paid to halfback Conor Murray, Charlie Faumuina said the All Blacks looked to protect their own halfback when a kick was on while putting pressure on the Lions to force an 'off-kick'.

Crockett said: "We try and put a lot of pressure on every kicker. We're trying to force them to do a poor kick and we're trying to attack off that poor kick.

"I think every team in the world is trying to do the same thing."

Faumuina said the effects of the physical approach in the first Test were still apparent among some of the players on Monday.

The goal for this week would be to look to wrap up the series by winning the second Test.

"We've just got to get ready to climb that mountain again," he said.

Talking about the impact of his Blues team-mate Rieko Ioane, Faumuina said he had been soaking up the All Blacks environment and learning but on the field he only needed a little bit of space and his speed meant he could make use of it.


"He was awesome. I've played a bit of rugby through Super Rugby with him and he's come a long way in there and for him to come here he's just carried it on and he's been impressive," he said. "And he's just keen to keep learning from guys like Ben Smith, Israel Dagg and guys like that."

While he was heading overseas at the end of the season, Faumuina said he wasn't approaching playing any differently. He was just trying to enjoy it because every occasion he pulled on the All Blacks jersey was special.

Crockett said the All Blacks had been taking a keen interest in Team New Zealand's efforts in the America's Cup and he and Faumuina, who are rooming together, had watched the sailing on Monday morning and were like the rest of New Zealand in being captivated by their feats.

Helmsman Peter Burling and team-mate and Olympic champion Blair Tuke had been with the All Blacks twice last year after Test wins and it had been good to see them doing so well in Bermuda, he said.