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Perth draw will motivate 'Boks - Retallick

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Lynn McConnell     12 Sep 2017     Getty Images

"They'll be coming here with a bit of anger and everyone is out to beat each other so with the skill and physicality they are playing with at the moment I'm sure it's going to be a good spectacle," he said.
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Retallick said the All Blacks' post-Test review after their Argentine Test had been in-depth and a little longer than usual. There had been some opportunities missed in the New Plymouth game and some things that hadn't been dealt with so well and they had looked at ways of improving on that in future.

Issues with the defensive example of limiting space available to the All Blacks the British & Irish Lions had set had arisen from the Argentine approach and first five-eighths Beauden Barrett had caught the brunt of their attention.

But Retallick said that wasn't so much Barrett's fault but what the players were doing around him.

"We need to be better at communicating the space and doing our roles because that gives Beaudy [Barrett] the options. It's something we've seen over the last couple of weeks that we need to deal better with and it is something we are working on," he said.

The breakdown was a similar area where there had been a variation of either over-committing or not committing in the same numbers and that had resulted in slow ball generally off messy phase play.

South Africa were strong over the ball so that would be an area of attention this week because if the All Blacks got their carrying of the ball right it made the job easier for the cleaner to secure better quality ball.

The All Blacks were well aware of the sort of physicality that would be involved in dealing with the Springboks and the Pumas effort had been good preparation with that in mind.

In Super Rugby the Lions players, their front rowers especially, had contested the ball a lot at the ruck and they had carried that into the Springboks.

Retallick said it was the side's micro skills that made the difference between seeing opportunities and taking them whether it be the timing of a pass, or a run.

If there was a traditional South African area of strength that had the ability to make life difficult for New Zealand it was their lineout forwards where any one of four players were top-class.

Retallick said from playing previously whoever of the four was playing they were all athletes and fast off the ground and explosive and they had made some real gains with their speed off the ground and in the air.

"They've made some big shifts there and speed is something we try to build our lineout on so I think it is going to be another great contest," he said.

His Chiefs team-mate Kane Hames had been called back into the squad as a result of the injury to prop Joe Moody and Retallick said like all front rowers Hames had a love for scrummaging. He had also made some shifts around his game and working hard on his ball-carrying and his defending.

"I've seen him working hard on that throughout the Super Rugby campaign and I think that has transferred into his game this year. It's probably where he's made his biggest shifts, he was always a great scrummager, so he's becoming more of that all-round package," he said.