“It is our turn to respond” – Jordie Barrett

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All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett said they knew Ireland would come out strong in the second Test in Dunedin.


"It is our turn to respond now. We feel a lot of it is in our control, and we can influence this match. But that's not everything we've got to put the performance on the park and get the job done because it's not going to be easy.


"There's no hiding. There was a lot of disappointment on Saturday night-Sunday morning, even leaking into Monday but it's a fresh week, an exciting opportunity, a series decider against a quality side, so there's some positive faces and positive moods in camp at the moment so we're rearing to go," Barrett said.


Areas of accountability had been applied to players that were not up to standard last week.


"We don't have a second chance this week so that's what the boys have gone and done this week. They've had a good look in the mirror and gone away and worked on skills that we need to unfold and put on Ireland this weekend," he said.


Second five-eighths David Havili said it was great being back in the team environment after his bout of Covid, and to be involved in a decider was extra special. While missing out on the first two Tests, it allowed him to settle down some niggles he had played with during the Super Rugby season.



His observations of the first two Tests were clear.


"I think it's about starting well, making sure that we execute our skill sets when we need to. There was a fair bit of ball on the ground last week so we've worked hard at executing that stuff and going out there and expressing ourselves," he said.


While Havili brought extra kicking skills to the side, he said his main job was helping Beauden Barrett inside him because the team did better when he could operate.


"If I can add my kicking game into the mix of that then it is going to help us," he said.


What was important, as in all big games he had been involved in, was executing in the moments that mattered.


"Hopefully, I can take some of the experience from Super finals and other games in the All Blacks jersey that I can add into this weekend," he said.


Havili said it had been enjoyable rubbing shoulders with former league star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in the side.


"He's going to bring a lot of energy and x-factor when he gets the opportunity to take the field and speaking to him over the last couple of days he's super-excited," he said.


"He's brought a different skill set to the midfield and it's been cool to understand how he sees our game. He's fitted in perfectly and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do."


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