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Rugby-All Blacks vow to put in the hard work for Bledisloe II

Having garnered only faint praise from their 33-25 win over Australia, the All Blacks have pledged to work harder in the second Bledisloe Cup clash at Eden Park on Saturday to close out the series with a match to spare.

After a slow start in the first test over the weekend, the All Blacks won with a three-try burst after half-time but conceded three late five-pointers to flatter the Wallabies.

All Blacks halfback Brad Weber said the team were full of beans when they took the field in Auckland and tried to do too much with the ball.

"It was our first time at Eden Park this year, we’d had a couple of weeks off and the boys were bloody keen to throw the ball around," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"We probably needed to roll our sleeves up a bit first before we tried to take on those opportunities.

"It wasn’t until we had a bit of a rark-up (scolding) that we started seeing a lot of those things and that was the key to the (third) quarter."

Victory on Saturday will ensure the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup, the annual trophy contested by the trans-Tasman nations, for a 19th successive year.

The match also doubles as the teams' first in the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship with South Africa and Argentina.

Weber said the All Blacks had plenty of improvement within them.

"We’re nowhere near the finished product," he added.

"If we keep building and growing our game like we’re planning to, hopefully we’re a scary beast by the end.

"It’s sticking to the bread and butter and not giving ball away cheap."

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

Source: Reuters


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