Standout performer Ardie Savea expecting fiery Irish response in Dunedin

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That was double try scorer and No8 Ardie Savea's summation after the Eden Park victory.

 

The All Blacks would look at areas where they had been poor to try and build that fire as well, he said.

 

"It's going to be interesting under the roof and it will be exciting as well," he said.

 

Savea said his second try, where he ran like a midfield back into a gap, beat a defender and scored, had been trained during the week.

 

“It paid off, you get the ball and pin your ears back and try and run to the tryline, and I scored, and Reiks [Reiko Ioane] afterwards asked me to pass him the ball next time.”

Ardie Savea

 

"We'll see, but it's one of those things, you train for it and it happens on the field," he said.

 

Savea said he felt the scrums in the game had been a little 'tat-for-tat'. The front-rowers knew what was happening - the rest of the pack just pushed hard.

 

"It was back and forth, but it will be a lot tougher next week," he said.

 

 

They had worked hard on their set-piece because they knew they would have to be on top of it against Ireland.

 

"It was pretty satisfying walking off that pitch having come away with the win, especially after past results. To come out here and get a performance like that is pretty special.

 

"We know it is going to be even tougher next week. There were moments in that game where the Irish put us under immense pressure and we were getting smacked, so those moments we need to look at and try and see where we can nullify that," he said.

 

Fullback Jordie Barrett said he would love to have the talent Hurricanes teammate Savea showed when scoring his second try on an outside break.

 

"He's a freak. I'm not sure the number on his jersey represents the way he plays. I'm just so stoked to see Ardie play so well. He deserves all the accolades he gets.

 

Barrett said they knew what Ireland would be like in the first quarter, but they held firm against them. He was proud of the way the All Blacks got into their game and believed in what they were trying to achieve.

 

It was a case of minimising damage in the first quarter.

 

"They had a lot of momentum in that first 20 [minutes] and to only concede five points was quite good and we knew if we got into the game and held onto the ball we could punish them if we got into their 22 and we did that," he said.

 

Barrett said his try was the result of seeing brother Beauden running a line off halfback Aaron Smith's passing at training, and being in the middle of the field, he wondered if he ran off Beauden's back while he turned a couple of defenders in, he might pick up a plum.

 

"It worked out that way which was nice," he said.

 

"I knew that Nuggy's [Smith] pass selection is top quality and nine times out of 10 he finds the right man so I was in a gaping hole."

 

The game was just a start for the side, he said.

 

"It's only one game against Ireland in a three-match series. We're kidding ourselves if we think there isn't going to be a response next week. They're No2 or 3 in the world for a reason, and they've got a lot of quality players and they're not coming over here for a holiday and they showed in that second half, and the first 20 that they're here to play so there's plenty for us to build on next week," he said.

 

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