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All Blacks wary of changed Lions attack

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Lynn McConnell     30 Jun 2017     Getty Images

Along with that there would possibly be the chance for different opportunities to attack.

"Pictures are constantly changing within the 80 minutes and I guess it's who can adapt the best and overcome it," he said.

Retallick said the intensity and pressure of the entire first Test had set it apart from other Test matches where the physicality may have been similar.

"I found there were very few times when you could actually stop and collect your thoughts, take a breath and have a look around the stadium and think 'What have I got to do next?' 



"It was constantly all go which was something we knew was coming and we had to accept it was there but what separated it from some other Tests was that I felt."

Partner Sam Whitelock said the communication between the hooker throwing the ball in, players jumping and the lifters needed improving from the first Test.

"It's something we've had a good look at this week and we know it has to improve," he said.

Having played both Alun Wyn Jones and Maro Itoje for their home nations, the All Blacks pair were aware they were both physical players and they would be bringing that to this weekend's game.

Fullback Israel Dagg, who has moved to fullback in place of concussed Ben Smith said it was unfortunate what had happened to Smith but he was looking to nail his role during the week and in the game knowing the Lions would be a different prospect from the first Test.

It was expected the Lions would look to utilise their kicking game and that meant the outside backs would have to be strong in the air and try to take all the balls sent in their direction.


The Lions would have taken some gains out of their first Test effort and would look to possibly build on that and it was a case of how the All Blacks reacted to that on Saturday.

With Jonathon Sexton and Owen Farrell paired in the five-eighths the Lions had players who could kick either side of the ruck and that meant as a fullback there would be extra work to be done.

Centre Anton Lienert-Brown said the first Test had been physical and with the Lions talking about upping their game then the All Blacks would have to look to step up their game further.

It was the biggest series of his brief career, he said. It was like finals rugby and that was the approach the All Blacks were taking with their preparation.

Dagg said he knew the Test series against the Lions would be tough and it took him two days after the first Test before he felt he could walk properly.

"This week we've got to do it all again. That's the exciting part. We get to put the jersey on and go out there and do battle in front of our family and friends and it's not going to be any easier, it's going to be tough but an exciting opportunity at the same time," he said.