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All Blacks need to be more physical at breakdown



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New Zealand forwards Brodie Rettalick and Messam have admitted that the All Blacks need to step up their physicality at the breakdown if they are to compete against Australia.

The All Blacks were beaten 27-19 by the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday and the All Black forward duo say that they need to improve immensely in the breakdown this weekend.

The Wallabies played David Pocock and Michael Hooper alongside each other with Pocock winning the ball and Hooper doing much of the tackling which meant that Australia were menacing in the rucks and interrupted the All Blacks chances.

“Good pressure from the Wallabies, they played pretty smart,” Retallick told ONE Sport.

“It’s been a good honest review just like any other week, we have got a few things to get right for the weekend.

“I think we have got to get our roles right in the breakdown and react when we are not in our structure.” he said.

All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam also admitted that the Australian side were hungrier for the victory than the New Zealand side.

“It’s simple the Wallabies were outstanding in the breakdown and we got beaten to the punch,” said Messam.

“As an All Blacks pack we needed to be a lot more physical.”

The match will be Dan Carter and Richie McCaw’s final on New Zealand soil so the team will be keen to give their heroes a positive send off but Messam says there is more to it than that.

“The Bledisloe Cup means more than sending off an individual… we have got to make sure we do things right to keep that cup in New Zealand,” he said.

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