ABs: Revenge not the priority

2013-11-12 20:00
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London - New Zealand's Kieran Read says his side will be more eager to mark Dan Carter's 100th cap with a good performance than avenge last year's loss to England when the teams meet on Saturday.

Carter, 31, will become the fifth All Black to reach a century of caps if he plays at Twickenham.

Read finished on the losing side when England pulled off a surprise 38-21 victory last December, but he says Saturday's game will be about honouring Carter rather than settling scores.

"I think you look at the man who Dan is and he will put the team above everything," said the flanker.

"But at the back of my mind, if he is playing I would want to do well for him. It can affect you if you start chasing your tails. To be honest, it has not been used as motivation at all.

"Certainly you don't like losing in a black jersey, but there are a lot of things that have changed in the last 12 months. It is a completely different team in a different place right now.

"You want to win every time you play and that is our mindset this week."

New Zealand go into Saturday's game as the world's top-ranked Test side, but Read has promised that they will not take Stuart Lancaster's England team lightly.

"This is a massive test and we have got to be smart," he said. "We are in good shape. We do a lot of homework and the coaches do, too.

"As players, you are expected to do that as well. You can assume a few things, but you have to make sure you know exactly what they are going to be doing on the field."

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