Changes likely for Brisbane Test

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That's not only due to the manner of Saturday's record win in Sydney but because of the need to keep players fresh while also acknowledging the competition for places in the side.

 

Assistant coach John Plumtree said the changes would provide a 'different type of energy within the group in this build-up'.

 

"We've got some players knocking on the door, and there's been some awesome competition for spots, and we can expect some changes to freshen players up," he said.

 

The All Blacks were expecting the Wallabies to react to last weekend's loss in the Suncorp Stadium Test.

 

"They will feel under a little bit of pressure, and that can bring the best out of them," Plumtree said.

"There's an exciting young group in the Australian team, and they will keep getting better and better with the more experience that they have.

 

"It's another opportunity for them this week to improve.

 

"They will be looking for a good team performance without worrying about any individuals," he said.

 

From the All Blacks point of view, there was still plenty to work on as they look to put out an 80-minute performance.

 

They went off the boil in the third quarter of the Sydney Test before scoring two late tries to boost the final margin.

 

"There were patches in that game that were pretty average, and the scoreboard was pretty impressive, but, at times, we weren't impressive.

 

"We made a lot of mistakes and unforced errors for a period of the game.

 

"Our game management and some of our individual [ly] brilliant play set us up at times, and the forwards laid a platform for us, but this team keeps looking for improvement," he said.

Loose forward Ardie Savea said he was excited to be back in camp with the side, although it was hard to leave his family after the birth of his latest child, and with his eldest understanding that packing his bag meant he was going to be away for some time.

 

He didn't spend all his time on family work. He was able to work to a training schedule that had been set for him to ensure he was in good condition when returning to the side.

 

"I still feel refreshed though, being at home with the family," he said.

 

While the Bledisloe Cup was secure for another year, it was a fact of All Blacks' lives that they looked to win every Test match and Saturday would be another game where they looked to go out and dominate and produce a performance that gave them satisfaction.

 

"Winning is a big part of our goal, and ideally we'd like to do that. We've just got to do everything we can during the week to prepare for that. Our mindset is still to go out there and do the job."

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