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All Blacks walking in Wallabies' shoes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/08/2016

The All Blacks are ensuring there will be no complacency heading into Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia by imagining how they would feel had they suffered such a comprehensive and humiliating defeat.

No one in the New Zealand squad is expecting anything other than a huge improvement from the Wallabies who were totally out-classed and out-muscled in the 42-8 loss in Sydney.

"We just put ourselves in their shoes and what we'd be doing and the edge that we'd have and the intensity that we'd have [had we lost]," said flanker Jerome Kaino of the All Blacks' determination not to let standards slip in training this week.

"Without a doubt the intensity of their game will definitely step up this weekend.

"If that was us we'd be doing everything possible to play a lot better and to get a win and that's what we're expecting."

In the past two years the world champions have returned to New Zealand for the reverse fixture unhappy with their performances and results from the Sydney contests. Last year they lost 27-19, while in 2014 the match ended in a 12-12 draw - each occasion giving the Australians a glimmer of hope that they might finally lift the coveted trophy they have not held since 2002.

But every time the All Blacks responded with stand-out performances and huge wins (41-13 last year and 51-20 in 2014) to ensure the Cup stayed in New Zealand.

In order to ensure there are no slip-ups this year Kaino said the team considered themselves back at "square one".

"We've got a mindset that we haven't done anything, we haven't achieved anything and how would it feel at the end of Saturday night if we lost here at home against Australia," the 33-year-old loose forward said. "We haven't got the Cup yet."

Assistant coach Ian Foster expected All Blacks fans would have a different take on things and would expect a similar scenario to last weekend when the All Blacks ran rampant.

"We know that's not the case," he said. "It will be a very fortified team, the Wallabies coming over here.

"They will be very keen to put a performance on the park and we're pretty desperate to show that we can back-up and put another great one on ourselves."

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