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Read seeking better All Blacks start

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/09/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

Kieran Read says a fast start will be the key for the All Blacks to beat the fragile Springboks and maintain a perfect beginning to his captaincy reign.

Read is demanding a better start in Christchurch than New Zealand offered in the 57-22 win over Argentina last week.

The Pumas prised opened up a dysfunctional All Blacks defensive line more than once, creating an early try for winger Santiago Cordero and matching the world champions across the board throughout the first half.

It was a throwback to some of the poor starts of recent seasons which the All Blacks had appeared to be getting out of their system in 2016.

New Zealand's captain Kieran Read celebrates after victory in the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina. © Michael Bradley/Getty Images New Zealand's captain Kieran Read celebrates after victory in the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina. Read says it is vital they don't leave the door ajar for a Springboks side whose confidence may be down after successive loses.

"If we can get a start in terms of physicality and a bit of intensity in our own play, the scoreboard does funny things to teams," he said.

The win over Argentina extended Read's perfect captaincy record to 15 Tests, breaking All Blacks great Sir Brian Lochore's mark. Lochore's streak was a world record, ending at the hands of South Africa in Pretoria 46 years ago.

Read took the role fulltime this year following the retirement of Richie McCaw and says there is a new culture developing.

"We are a pretty fresh group right now and we're trying to create our own legacy," he said.

"History suggests it's always a massive game against South Africa and it's a Springboks team who are eager to prove some people wrong."

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