Jordan pays credit to McKenzie for five-try haul

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He joined Jeff Wilson on the list of try scorers with five in a Test but was one short of Marc Ellis' record achieved against All-Japan at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

 

Jordan said he knew the All Blacks' match record was six tries, but he wasn't searching for it and said he probably owed fullback Damian McKenzie a few coffees for putting him in for a few easy tries.

 

"It was great being part of a team performance," he said.

 

Jordan said coming back for his second season with the side, he had to make new connections with other players but had a better understanding of the systems they were trying to play. He tried to glean as much as possible from specialist wings in the squad.

 

The change had more effect defensively because there were more tackles to make and more organising to do on the wing.

 

"What I'm enjoying about shifting to the wing is also, having played at fullback, understanding what Damian is wanting from me at the back and trying my best to take a bit of the load off him," he said.

 

He said their preparation was based around getting set and having the ability to see pictures which helped to maintain structure in the type of game that developed. At the same time, as outside backs, it was important to keep the information going to the team's drivers about where space was.

 

 

Flanker Ethan Blackadder said he had enjoyed the week and a half in the All Blacks' camp, firstly being selected and then experiencing the team environment.

 

"I wasn't too nervous, more excited. I didn't want to be nervous. Doing the haka, you pinch yourself, and running out there was one for the memory bank," he said.

 

Blackadder said he didn't mind which side of the scrum he was on. The roles needed different skills, but that helped keep him sharp while also having more versatility.

 

Prop George Bower said he shed a tear when putting on the All Blacks jersey for the first time.

 

"The week was exciting, a bit of nerves, as expected but once the whistle blew and I got the opportunity to run on, [I had] a clear head and just did my role," he said.

 

Bower said his call-up last year to the squad had given him the incentive to work hard to make the side this year.

 

It had been emotional when the 23 for the game was named. As a 29-year-old, he was later getting into top-end rugby than many but once getting his chance with the Crusaders, he was a sponge trying to learn as much as he could.

 

In his first year, he played alongside Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Tim Perry and Michael Alaalatoa and took as much from them as he could to add-on to his game, and he felt that contributed to his All Blacks' selection.

 

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