Unfamiliar Canada keep All Blacks focused

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All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor (pictured) said having seen Canada's 7-48 loss to Italy that he felt the score hadn't reflected their effort in their first game. They had possibly left three tries out there due to simple errors.


"They should still be a little bit confident in how they performed," he said.


"They're showing some different pictures and we're not really used to playing Canada so it is going to be quite a cool experience for them and us to play a team we haven't played before and we're probably going to expect things we haven't seen before as well," he said.


With all the concentration on referees and how they were applying the laws during the tournament Taylor said the side hadn't talked about discipline too much.


"Steve [Hansen] has made a couple of points around discipline and this pool play is a chance to instil those habits.


"There's little things on the field you can avoid. Avoidable penalties, like offsides, is one, things like that. When you come down to those playoff moments that could cost you three points which could cost you lifting the Cup or going onto the next round," he said.


Discipline was huge.

"At World Cup time every ounce of momentum that you can gain as a team is important so you don't want to be the one giving them those chances," he said.


Prop Joe Moody said the All Blacks had been told before leaving New Zealand how referees would be controlling games and what they would be looking at. All the sanctions had been laid out for them.

In the heat of battle the sanctions were not at the front of your mind, he said, but no one went out on the field deliberately looking to put in high shots.


"I would say 99.9 percent of the time it is accidental, just slip-ups, that sort of thing," he said.


Moody said the easiest way to avoid sanctions was not to have contact with the head.


"It doesn't really matter now whether it's a heavy shot and a guy gets knocked out or whether it's just a graze, you've made contact with the head and you're going to get the same penalty for it. You've really just got to stay away from getting anything up high," he said.

There was a fine line if a player was falling or ducking low but at the same time in the best circumstances for the defender the All Blacks always practised to dip late and hit under the ball.


Taylor said the best the All Blacks could do was practice best techniques at training.


"We talk a lot around getting under the ball as All Blacks. That way you're avoiding that chance of getting penalised as well as you are going to probably wrap up their legs and put them to deck. I'd rather go low than high and avoid that," he said.


The All Blacks switched into pre-game build-up mode on Friday ahead of their Wednesday game with Canada, having had a day off on Thursday.


Taylor said the side were able to enjoy local cuisine along with their regular dietary requirements and they had a Japanese day once a week.


"In Japan they know how to cook a feed, so it has been unreal," he said.



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