Leota ruled out of crunch Eden Park clash

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He suffered the injury in Thursday's 37-39 Bledisloe Cup loss in Melbourne.

 

He underwent surgery on Saturday and begins rehabilitation later this week.

 

Prop Allan Alaalatoa told rugby.com.au the side was disappointed after the Melbourne loss and had taken a couple of days to absorb it.

 

But they had an understanding from their review where they could be better.

 

"I think one is getting a clear call and executing it straight away – they were the two learning points from that little scenario at the end of the game.

 

"There's definitely a lot of confidence within the lads, and the energy has been great so far. The boys are looking forward to a tough Test match."

 

He was confident their game management could improve across the 80 minutes.

It would be a challenge in Auckland because the All Blacks regard Eden Park as their fortress.

 

"They'll be confident off the back of back-to-back wins. At home, there's an expectation from the home crowd to get the win. So when you're on the opposite team, those are the games you want to be part of.

 

"We've just got to make sure that we know all our details throughout the week, we understand how we want to play, and then channel everything into Saturday."

 

The final ruling of the Melbourne Test that penalised Australia for time-wasting was a new experience for the side.

 

"I've never been a part of a rugby game where that's happened, but we've learnt that in the process of making those decisions, we have to be better."

 

Centre Lalaki Foketi said they needed to harness the disappointment they felt with the way the game ended. They also understood they had a mathematical chance to win the Rugby Championship if they could claim a bonus point win and if Argentina beat South Africa in Durban.

 

"Every opportunity to put on the gold jersey is unbelievable, and if I get the chance this weekend, I want to pay back the belief and trust in this group.

 

"You have great centres in the group, unfortunately some are injured, but I want to continue what they've been doing," he said.

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