Forward dominance central to All Blacks resurgence

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Turning their play around from the disappointing 1-2 series loss to Ireland, especially since the second Test against South Africa, had shown potential for growth which was highlighted again in Saturday's 40-14 win over Australia at Eden Park.


The side knew following the first win over Australia in Melbourne 10 days earlier that they needed a dominant performance in Auckland.


Hooker Codie Taylor summed that requirement up after the game.


"Fozzie really put it on us this week that we needed to perform for 80 [minutes]. That's the way we want to be as All Blacks and I thought we did that tonight."


The All Blacks knew they needed to work on their lineout maul, both offensively and defensively, and having worked with assistant coach Jason Ryan before, Taylor said he was aware of the attention to detail that Ryan applied.


"It's not all his magic, he does pull things from other teams which is how you get better and you can't pretend other teams aren't doing it better than you."

Backs were always welcome to join the mauls, as they had in the lead-up to Taylor's try on Saturday, but he was firm on their not being allowed to touch the ball in those situations.


Tighthead prop Tyrell Lomax said the front row felt they went well.


"It's been building pretty well over the last six weeks and we're pretty happy with that."


Lomax said assistant coach Jason Ryan had brought a lot of passion to the group. He loved his job, the forwards especially and the tough stuff.


The consistency of starts for him and loosehead prop Ethan de Groot had been a boost.


"We feel like we're building a really good combination between us, and it's awesome to get a couple of really good games under our belt and keep building," he said.


Lomax said the regular starts had helped him grow his confidence, and he was keen to 'have a crack' with players around him who were world-class.


There was good competition among the props for positions starting and coming off the bench, and he and de Groot were able to learn from the more experienced props.


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