Bledisloe Cup and Australia next on the All Blacks agenda

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They sit on top of the table and fly to Melbourne on Friday to prepare for their midweek Test against Australia next week.

 

The margins were small in the Championship this year and had shown any side could beat the others if they were slightly off where they needed to be.

 

Ryan said he didn't look at the points table, his focus was on the next job for the side.

 

"We've got a long way to go yet, but we know the Bledisloe Cup is pretty special and we'll build that accordingly when we assemble."

 

Captain and flanker Sam Cane had been phenomenal on Saturday, he said, but as their game was about consistency and building habits while growing and like all All Blacks, he would need to back that up again.

 

"But he should be proud of his performance."

 

 

Hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho was performing well, but that was on the back of support he was getting from experienced hookers Dane Coles and Codie Taylor. They were challenging each other, and the competition was good.

 

Ryan said the team needed to stay grounded as there were still parts of their game they needed to sharpen and keep growing.

 

He said the young front row of hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho and props Ethan de Groot and Tyrel Lomax were given opportunities and challenges in their preparation, and were coming on and making an impact.

 

"We've got a good mix at the moment. Nepo [Laulala] and Ofa [Tuungafasi] are still there and Angus [ Ta'avao] is playing this weekend as well and Aidan Ross, so you can never have enough front rowers. It's creating competition in that area which we needed to as that breeds a lot of confidence."

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