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Travel schedule won't be a problem: Gregan

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Sportal.co.nz     26 Jun 2007     NZRU

Gregan said New Zealand had coped well with short turnarounds in previous years thanks to its large and talented squad and would do so again after Sunday morning's come-from-behind win over South Africa.

"Historically they've traveled pretty well so you can't take that on as too big of an advantage because they manage that particular travel aspect really well," Gregan said after a training session and fan day at MC Labour Park on Sunday.

Team-mate Lote Tuqiri said Australia, which has a two-week break between matches, was not counting on a 'softened up' New Zealand line-up following last night's bruising encounter in Durban.

"I think we've got a day start on them and just that whole recovery and everything is a very important part of the game this week," Tuqiri said.

"You've got to take every advantage you can in this game and hopefully we can take advantage of that and hopefully that shows on Saturday night."

The Australians have a number of players suffering minor colds, but Gregan said they should all be OK by mid-week and available for selection.

"It's not too bad. There's a few blokes with a few runny noses but that's pretty normal," Gregan said.

"We've been on the road for about a month so everyone is a little bit jaded (after the) big travel from South Africa but everyone will be right by about mid-week I'd say."

"Nothing that a bit of Lemsip can't fix."

The New Zealand result puts added pressure on Australia to win on Saturday night and keep its chances of taking back the Philips Tri Nations trophy and Bledisloe Cup.

But Gregan denied the match was a 'must-win' affair and Tuqiri said the team was just focused on taking care of business at home.

"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 Blacks and following up that next week against South Africa."

A pleasing sight for Wallabies fans at today's training session and fan day was the appearance of fullback Chris Latham, who joined the team for the first time since he had a knee reconstruction in January.

Saturday night's Test could be Gregan's last in Melbourne and the halfback is hoping for a similar result to the last time the Bledisloe Cup came to town in 1998, where Australia won 24-16.

"It would be nice if history could repeat itself," Gregan said.