All Blacks want to finish Bledisloe job in Dunedin

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by Beth Newman

The All Blacks ran in a record score against the Wallabies in Sydney, but New Zealand skipper Kieran Read says they need to be more ruthless if they want to clinch the Bledisloe. 

Read said the team only had to watch last week’s second half, where they bizarrely let  to see the dangers of the Wallabies, rueing a job they viewed as only half done.

“(You) just have to look at the footage from the last 20 minutes of the game and we know how dangerous they can be,” he said.

“We slightly took our foot off the throat and if we're not there mentally, they're a team that can do that. They're dangerous, they're hungry, they've certainly got a point to prove, so

Read said that was a mistake they wouldn’t want to be making on Saturday in Dunedin.

“A more dominant team would have finished the job and that’s something we can improve on,” he said.

“No two weeks (are) the same.

“It could be a completely different game out here tomorrow night. We’ve got to adapt to that.”

Kieran Read is still expecting a tough battle from the Wallabies. Photo: Getty ImagesAll Blacks coach Steve Hansen said earlier in the week New Zealand would be wary about Australia's physicality in Dunedin, and Read said that hadn't changed despite the withdrawlal of Wallabies hard man Adam Coleman.

“Yeah he is one of the big physical players but I don't think it would matter for them who is on the field,” he said.

“They're going to be pretty fired up, it’s their last chance tomorrow night to keep this thing alive.

“We expect a big performance from them.”

Read mightn’t know much about new Wallabies lock Izack Rodda - the 21-year-old has faced Read’s Crusaders just once in Super Rugby -  but hearing he’s been working closely with All Blacks great Brad Thorn told him plenty.

“I guess if Brad's gotten into him (he’ll be) uncompromising, it's likely to hit a couple of rucks... and physical,” he said.

“For us we go out there and play the game.

“It's pretty awesome, I guess, when guys get an opportunity to play. For him, he'll be excited.”

The Wallabies take on the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday, kicking off at 5:35pm AEST LIVE on FOX SPORTS.