Williams resets focus ahead of Bledisloe Cup

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Lynn McConnell     18 Aug 2017     Getty Images

Williams said it had been frustrating being red-carded and missing the third Test.

Williams said in Sydney on Thursday the tackle which resulted in his banishment from the second Test had been a misjudgment.


"I got the tackle wrong, I certainly didn't try to shoulder his head on purpose. I tried to be physical but I just stuffed up the tackle," he said.

While the sending off and the four-game ban had been a negative the positive was that he got to spend time with his family while also refreshing.

But now it was time to gear up for one of the side's biggest games this year and he was excited to be involved in Saturday's Test.

Williams said Kurtley Beale would add a lot to the Australian side. He had been playing well in England and like a few of the home side he would be a player the All Blacks would to watch.

Ryan Crotty said it had been frustrating to have his Lions series commitment reduced to 30 minutes due to injury. Playing in the series had been in the back of his mind throughout the Super Rugby season but injuries happened and he had to get over it and help those who were playing.

While it was important to have a winning start in the Investec Rugby Championship away from home, the Bledisloe Cup was at stake and that was more important for the side, he said.

"We've come off some pretty tough Test matches against the Lions but a Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney is just as big so that's the kind of thing that really excites us," he said.

Williams said it wasn't a case of telling new players in the side what to expect, it was just about encouraging them to perform their roles.

"The special thing about being in the All Blacks' environment is that you just really have to nail your own role because you know you are playing alongside one of the top players in the world," he said.

Crotty said debut starter Damian McKenzie could be a difficult player to tackle. It was like chasing shadows, he said, and he had shown that in the Chiefs semifinal with the Crusaders in Super rugby.

"He was cutting us up all over the show. It's nice to be passing him the ball [in the All Blacks] than trying to tackle him.

"He's quick, his footwork is really sharp, his line-running is really good and he's got a massive engine, he's popping up all over the field. It's that footwork combined with that acceleration and top end speed that makes him difficult to tackle," Crotty said.

Williams added: "He's got that toughness about him. He'll run into that front row without hesitation so that's another thing he has in abundance and makes him a special player.