Havili determined to play attacking rugby at Ellis Park

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The Johannesburg venue has an Eden Park fortress-like quality in South African rugby and is a daunting challenge for an All Blacks side one Test down.


Second five-eighths David Havili said the All Blacks were taking an open mind into the contest. They wanted to play some attacking rugby.


"Once we do that, we can show how good we are. But the Boks did a great job of starving us of the ball and putting us under pressure, so that's what we'll be working on this week.


"It's an exciting challenge for myself. I love playing at Ellis Park. I had the opportunity to come here and do it a lot of times so I'm looking forward to the opportunity," he said.


The challenge of playing South African sides more often was something he missed in Super Rugby, and he hoped the same applied to the South Africans missing playing New Zealand sides.



Havili said after their post-Test review, there had been some straight talking.


"We're definitely not happy with how we performed and we want to make it right this week. The effort was there, we're trying bloody hard. It's just a few things that aren't sticking, and when they do, I know we'll get back to normal."


Havili said while they were creating opportunities in the face of South Africa's rush defence, they were not executing them at the right time.


"There is a lot in our game that is creating those opportunities for us. But, it is about just taking those moments. We spoke about nailing our stuff in that moment and the few times where we didn't, we got it wrong."


While South Africa were a good pack, the All Blacks forwards had handled them, but more work was needed to cope with the aerial game.


"The Boks at home is an awesome time for us. We're looking forward to another big challenge this week, and we've got to get better as well," he said.




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