All Blacks aware of extra time demands

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If no winner had emerged after fulltime and two periods of extra time, a penalty goal shootout would be required.

 

And given the dramatic conclusion to the Cricket World Cup involving the two countries, and a method of countback of fours hit in the game which was abandoned immediately after the tournament, it was no surprise the subject should be raised ahead of Saturday's game.

 

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he was sure that by the time all the time periods had been played out someone would have scored because there would be so many tired players.

 

Lock Sam Whitelock said the team would make sure they were aware of all the possibilities should the result not be achieved in the time available.

 

He knew it would be a tough contest. The All Blacks were well into their preparation and enjoyed a good training session in the rain on Tuesday. He was excited about the week, he said.

 

They had come down off the high of beating Ireland in a full on game to advance and they were building nicely into the week.

 

Whitelock recalled four or five years they had played England four times in one year and the criticism was they had played too much and then after that people complained they hadn't played them enough.

 

He said the times he had played against them they had shown they had a great forward pack and were capable of playing a couple of different styles, including a direct style through the usual set piece game but they also had a lot of flair with quality players capable of changing a game due to the bounce of a ball or a back strike move.

 

"It's something that teams that are hard to play against have a couple of different styles and they can change within a game of what style they play. They might play expansive or hide the ball away so we've just got to be ready for what they throw at us and I'm sure they'll trying to look at our game and see any weaknesses," he said.

 

Playing England in a knockout game at a World Cup would be massive and one of the biggest games the players concerned would be involved in.

 

"How good is being involved in a knockout game at the World Cup? You've got to be ready to go, it doesn't matter who you're playing. You hope that mentally and physically you're in the best space you possibly can be.

 

"Every game that I have been involved in is always a challenge. I think if any games were easier a lot of the boys wouldn't enjoy it as much," he said.

 

The All Blacks were aware England would look to slow ball down and that was about the All Blacks holding their ball and being able to play at the speed they wanted to play at.

 

Discipline was another factor in denying England the chance to use penalties to kick to the corners to have the chance to implement their lineout drives.

 

Utility forward Scott Barrett said while on the bench players were constantly talking about what they were seeing during a game. He added that on Saturday they had fed off the energy the players started with.

 

"You could actually feel the intensity with the way they started and that flows on to us on the bench," he said.

 

Barrett said he and brother Beauden were rooming together for the first time as All Blacks and it was good to be able to discuss things about the game.

 

The side were considering the game as a final, they had to, as they had to earn the right to have another week.

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