Retallick expects better lineout in Sydney

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Lynn McConnell     18 Aug 2017     Getty Images

Lock Brodie Retallick said the All Blacks had an experienced combination in the tight five now, and with the events of Super Rugby this year where New Zealand teams went further than the Australian sides, it had helped the players reconnect quickly.

"We know what we're all about as individuals and where we want to get to and I think that is the biggest positive from playing with similar people for a couple of years," he said.

Retallick said the Lions series had resulted in the worst lineout results for the All Blacks in a number of years and they had paid due attention to that in the preparation during the week.

The Australian lineout had come a long way but that facet of play was hotly-contested nowadays and the All Blacks felt the pressure from the Lions.

There had been some communication breakdowns and the All Blacks hadn't nailed their roles, he said. But with attention during the week he was happy the accuracy was returning to make a complete effort on Saturday.

Retallick said he had a lot of respect for Adam Coleman as a lock and as a forward. He ran good lines and was a good ball carrier and in the last two seasons he had come a long way.

Hooker Codie Taylor said the side had taken lessons from the Lions series, both good and bad, and were intent on getting back into their aim of being better each week.

Success was always dependent on gaining forward dominance and that would be what the All Blacks sought on Saturday in order to give their backs good ball to maximise their opportunities, he said.

Taylor said he had enjoyed the Lions series and he wanted to improve on his experiences.

"It was a good chance for me to reflect once that Lions series was over on where I'm at and where I want to be. I took a lot out of it. You can always be better and I found there were times when I played well but there were moments when I could have played better.

"I want to be really consistent in my performances and what better way than to go up against Aussie this weekend," he said.

Retallick said when the Lions had made a lot of noise at lineout time the All Blacks had bought into it a little much and they realised it was aimed to put them off. So it was a case of getting their process right, getting in, doing their job and getting out as quickly as possible.

It wasn't the Southern Hemisphere approach to use gamesmanship of that sort but if Australia chose to adopt that tactic he was sure they could overcome it.

As a Chiefs team-mate of starting debutant at fullback Damian McKenzie, Retallick said anyone coming into the team was told to concentrate on achieving their core roles and it was up to everyone else around them to do theirs.

"Obviously I've been lucky enough to play with Damian for a couple of seasons at the Chiefs and see what he can do.

"He's one guy that's constantly backed himself. I'm normally cleaning out the rucks and he's carrying and sometimes I don't know why he's running there but he seems to pop out the other side so he's more than capable of playing Test footie.

"It's exciting for him to get a crack and I know it sort of blind-sided him when he got named to start so he might be a little bit nervous but he's definitely got the capability to go out there and perform," he said.