New Zealand v Australia, Tri-Nations, Christchurch, August 7
Deans wants restart improvement
August 1, 2010
Dan Carter was in supreme form with the boot © Getty Images
Australia coach Robbie Deans has highlighted the restart as a major area of concern as his side look to bounce back from a humbling Bledisloe Cup defeat to the New Zealand.
The All Blacks cruised to a seven try, 49-28 win over the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday and restart problems, allied to wing Drew Mitchell's second-half red card, undermined the home side's effort.
The sides go head-to-head once again in Christchurch on Saturday and Deans is hoping that his men can pull out a better display against Dan Carter's accurate boot.
"We put a lot of time and effort into our restarts prior to South Africa in Brisbane and we got a response," Deans said. "We did a lot more work on it this week as well but obviously the All Blacks are very adept in that area, it's a big part of their game and in Dan Carter they've got a bloke who can put the ball on a sixpence. We've just got to get better at it."
All Blacks coach Graham Henry praised Carter and also assistant coach Steve Hansen, who has masterminded their efforts.
"Daniel kicked beautifully. It gave us an opportunity to contest and we contested well," he said. "Steve's put a lot work into that area and it's producing some good dividends."