Williams gets boost from C-M contact

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Seeking game time and exposure to the bangs and knocks associated with playing Williams said his body was feeling good after two 80-minute games and a few more ball carries than usual and a bit more contact.


"I always love going back to Counties, there's still players that work but you see the gratefulness those guys have just to play rugby and the excitement they have just to run out there. 

"It was cool to just go back and get amongst it and obviously get some good quality game time," he said.

But at the same time having to sit back and watch on television as the All Blacks battled to a 26-47 loss in Perth was hard to take.

"It was tough, firstly from a personal point of view you just want to be part of it but, secondly, you just want the boys to do well and it was a tough game to watch but I was proud of the boys, the ticker that they showed, they hung in there and they showed some fight as All Blacks do. 

"I think now we're trying to put that behind us and we're moving forward to this weekend and getting out there to try and right some wrongs," he said.

Well used to the Australian sporting mentality, Williams said: "Last week they came to play, they came with that fire and we are going to have to match that this week if we are to be any chance to hold that Bledisloe."
With competition leading statistics line breaks or tackle break in Super Rugby this year his rival Samu Kerevi was one player the All Blacks would have to watch out for this week.

Lock Sam Whitelock added that Dane Coles' comments on Monday about how New Zealand were out-passioned had been 'right on the money' and the challenge now was to make sure it didn't happen again.

The boys were hurting and that was to be expected. Nobody wanted to lose but they needed to move beyond that and get back on the horse, he said.

"We've got to be really disciplined in how we're playing, we want to play hard but we've also got to play fair.

"There's a thousand different cameras and a thousand different angles and things you got away with in the past are something that's not going to happen now so it's about making sure we still bring that physical edge but that we do it within the letter of the law," he said.

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