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Wallabies will have the All Blacks respect - Read

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Lynn McConnell     13 Aug 2017     Getty Images

The Wallabies would have the full respect of the All Blacks, something the Australians felt was lacking last year.

Read said: "They've got something that we know if they put it together they're a dangerous side.

"Our respect to them is we turn up and play as well as we can because we know what they can bring. So I think that shows on the field. 



"Our biggest respect to opposition is that we go out there and bring the best game that we can. That shows that we respect them and we're going to go out there and do that again next week," he said.

With all that was going on in Australian rugby at the moment, the fact was that the Wallabies coach [Michael Cheika] was dominant in his mindset and wanted his side to go out to win games by beating up other teams and after a month preparing his players he would have been working on aspects he believed could challenge the All Blacks.

Read was under no illusions of the Australian threat. He had played a number of Australian sides who had come out and played a game that in no way reflected how their sides had played in Super Rugby.

"This year will be no different, they've got quality players and a pretty strong mindset to try and win that Bledisloe. That's what makes it pretty strong from our point of view and that's what we need to go out there and win," he said.

Read said that after all the post-Super Rugby celebrations were completed for the Crusaders members of the side getting back into the All Blacks environment had a rejuvenating quality.

"We had a good hit-out on Friday, it was probably just what we needed as a group and it really sets us up for this week."

He didn't think the toll of the British & Irish Lions series and then the play-offs with franchises had diminished the form and fitness of the players.

Playing the game was what players enjoyed most and while there had been something of a week off last week, they were now building up for the Sydney challenge.

"For us it doesn't get any bigger than that. The Bledisloe Cup, for us, is one of those trophies that we really cherish outside the World Cup and in Sydney it is always tough. It's never really been easy so we are looking forward to a big challenge," he said.

The Lions series had been well reviewed and lessons had been put to use by the All Blacks during their camp last week.

"We have to do that, it's part of our learning and there was massive learning for us as a group from what we took out of that series around how we need to play this game, how we need to react to pressure.

"Hopefully we'll show in this Championship, especially in these Bledisloe Cup games, what we've learnt," he said.

Games were played at the highest level and there were only ever small margins. Teams were chasing the All Blacks and were getting close so the All Blacks couldn't afford to sit where they were.

"We've got to continually keep trying to push ourselves forward and be sure that we got out there and play as well as we can every week and give ourselves the best opportunity.

"I certainly believe that when we do that we will certainly be hard to beat," he said.

Upon reflection the drawn series with the Lions had been disappointing at the time but Read said the All Blacks had to make sure that experience helped them.

A lot of young players had come and experienced the sort of big match pressure in the series that was akin to what could be expected at a World Cup.


"To get that experience first hand, for a lot of guys, is really beneficial," he said.

Read wasn't sure that there would be too much copy-catting of the Lions' defensive approach against the All Blacks in the Championship.

But if sides tried that, he felt they had the skills to adapt to what was presented to them and it had only been missed opportunities that had prevented them showing that against the Lions.

Flanker Sam Cane said the review process from the Lions series had come down to areas where the All Blacks could get better and a lot of them were down to skill sets. They created opportunities but for one or reason they were lost due to small margins which they generally could control.

"At times we weren't good enough to make the most…we'd done 90 percent of the work but the last 10 percent we didn't quite get right," he said.

The review process had been good because players had quickly gone back to their franchises without time to absorb the lessons.

But upon refreshing the information it was clear there were areas they needed to be better at and it had been good to work on those at Pukekohe on Friday night.

"As Reado said, Super Rugby form doesn't really count for much when it comes to Test rugby. You get a side with the talent they do have on paper with a pretty strong resilience and maybe a point to prove then they are going to come out firing and anyone with that sort of mindset will be dangerous," he said.

The All Blacks were looking forward to having a week to prepare in Sydney because it was always particularly tough playing there, Cane said.