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Tuqiri relaxed before All Blacks' challenge

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Sportal.co.nz     25 Jun 2007     allblacks.com

The Kiwis came from behind to post a 26-21 victory over the Springboks in Durban, with the away win giving the All Blacks a crucial advantage in the competition.

After Australia lost its opening match to South Africa 10 days ago, the Wallabies know they must beat the world's No.1 side next Saturday to keep their title hopes alive.

But Tuqiri insists his team-mates are not overly worried ahead of the contest in Melbourne.

"You just want to win your home games and then hopefully pick up a win away," Tuqiri said.

"We're looking forward to getting that started on Saturday against the All Blacks and following that up the following week against South Africa."

Tuqiri watched the All Blacks overpower the Springboks on Saturday, and was particularly impressed with the way the Kiwis diffused the powerful South African squad by taking quick lineouts at every opportunity.

"I guess South Africa has got probably the best lineout jumpers in the world and I just think maybe to combat that they [the All Blacks] offered something different," Tuqiri continued.

"They went into the game with two inexperienced guys at number four and five for New Zealand. They probably may not have held up against some of the more experienced pair in South Africa, so I guess that is where that may have come from.

"They do come up with surprises. They are not only a good team, but a smart team.

"We have to do our homework this week and we have a bit of a game plan now but come Wednesday we will make that more solid.

"Hopefully the SA softened them up for us. But we trained well this morning and we are confident of taking the match to them."