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Larkham believes All Blacks have weaknesses

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Sportal.co.nz     27 Jun 2007     Photosport

While declining the opportunity to name the key areas that the Wallabies will attempt to outgun the All Blacks in, Larkham indicated that there were some aspects that coaching staff had been concentrating on.

"I think there are a few little subtleties to their game that we can try target," Larkham said.

Although New Zealand eventually defeated South Africa 26-21 on Saturday night, Larkham indicated that there were many parts of the game that he and his team-mates put in the memory bank in regard to how to approach the physical All Blacks side.

"I think they just ground away," Larkham said on South Africa's performance against New Zealand.

"They kept putting pressure on the New Zealand line and put points on the board whenever they got down in their 22."

During that match in Durban, New Zealand trailed a patient South African side 12-21, with the All Blacks scoring two late tries to snatch the win.

And Larkham believes that the current New Zealand team is at its most dangerous when it is trailing and forced to run on the counter attack.

"I think that is where they are most dangerous on the counter attack and unstructured plays," Larkham said.

"So we just need to be alert. Particularly when New Zealand are chasing down a bit of a lead they resort to those tactics and they are very successful at them."

"It is an area we have spoken about and I am sure we will be on top of it when the game comes around."

Larkham and fellow veteran George Gregan are the only players in the current Wallabies squad that have played on the MCG, having taken on the might of the All Blacks during the 1998 Bledisloe Cup campaign.

And the 33-year-old would love nothing better than getting a confidence-boosting victory over the best rugby nation in the world this Saturday night.

"I think my first game at five-eighths was actually at the MCG against New Zealand so it will be good to get another opportunity to play at the MCG at five-eighths," Larkham said.

"We certainly want to get some confidence out of these matches pretty much with the team we are going to take into the World Cup."