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Patience crucial against Wales: Read

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/06/2016 Daniel Gilhooly
Kieran Read © Getty Images Kieran Read

All Blacks captain Kieran Read is preaching patience, fully expecting another tussle which goes deep against Wales in the third Test.

Both of the first two Test wins were notable for the world champions accelerating clear in the second spell.

They trailed at halftime in Auckland before winning 39-21 and were level 10-10 in Wellington before prevailing 36-22, on both occasions making big strides when they emptied their bench.

Read says there is no point beating themselves up about the sluggish starts, saying that doesn't pay respect to a capable Welsh side.

The tourists have provided a heady mix of physicality at the breakdown and expressive backline play, which has taken some adjusting to.

"You can't expect to go out and dominate a team right from the word go," Read said.

"These games are tough, the Welsh make you work for it. I think perhaps we got a bit too intense in our mind early.

"It takes 45-50 minutes sometimes and other times it takes 70 minutes."

Read says while indoor conditions should encourage a "hectic" speed to the Test, he wants control to be their early mantra.

He says Beauden Barrett is well equipped to provide that in a rare start at first five-eighth.

"Certainly we've shown that when we have got it right in the second half, it's paid dividends.

"We want to go out and deliver a really great performance to put an exclamation mark on the series."

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