Bledisloe Cup: New Zealand v Australia, Wellington
All Blacks refocused on lineout: Brodie Retalick
August 23, 2013
Brodie Retallick was part of the Chiefs' lineout that also malfunction through the season without preventing title glory © Getty Images
The All Blacks' lineout will be much improved in the second Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday, Brodie Retallick says.
Retallick said the All Blacks had probably focused too much ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup Test on the changed scrum engagement, but they had spent equal time on lineout preparations since Sydney to better present a quality set piece. The All Blacks won just eight of their 12 throws at ANZ Stadium, and much of that was messy possession. That compared with a fluent Australian nine-from-nine return.
"We let ourselves down a wee bit there," Retallick said. "Maybe we focused too much on getting the scrum right, and it just showed us that we need to concentrate on both."
Retallick, who replaced injured Luke Romano 17 minutes into the Test, said the scrum battle had also left the New Zealand pack unsatisfied. Their match analysis showed that just six set pieces - lineout and scrum - produced ball of a good enough quality to properly launch a backline attack.
"Last week gave us a baseline," Retallick said. "A few things we tried might not have worked the best. I think [this week] should be another step forward. Last week there were quite a few penalties and we're just looking to eliminate them this week and get some good ball for the backs to play with."
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