All Blacks need to be more physical at breakdown

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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