Wallabies not overawed by Eden Park record

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The Wallabies have been preparing for the game in Tauranga. 

 

Prop Alan Alaalatoa said on Monday, "Obviously, they are a world-class team that has been No1 for a while, and they love playing at Eden Park. They've put a lot of great performances [together] there.

 

"For us, that's the most exciting part. We get the opportunity that this group hasn't done before in a while which is to beat them in New Zealand, but also having the opportunity to do it at Eden Park."

 

The 27-year-old said any success would start in the pack where they would look to exploit aspects of the All Blacks' game while respecting their imposing set-piece.

 

"They're a team that thrives over the turnover attack, but in terms of a forward's perspective, they are very clinical at set-piece time, so we need to be at our best there.

 

"We've definitely previewed ways to see opportunities and to exploit them," he said.

"It's those little details that we need to be clear on and nail throughout the week, so we're fully confident we can deliver on this on Saturday."

 

The All Blacks had dominated their three internationals against Tonga and Fiji, and while they had pride in their set-piece they also possessed variations they could employ.

 

"We know that we're not just going out there and test them, we want to go out there and dominate, so that's our mentality as a forward pack," he said.

 

Utility back Reece Hodge said it wasn't lost on the Australians how unique their opportunity was to inspire the next generation of Wallabies by claiming the Bledisloe Cup.

 

He was inspired to play rugby by the feats of his predecessors when they last held the trans-Tasman prize around the turn of the century.

 

"Those kids watching back in Australia on Saturday night who want to see Australia win, hopefully, we can be that team who can inspire the next generation of athletes coming through to want to be Wallabies, and successful Wallabies," he said.

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