Wellington - The All Blacks have been warned not to be
seduced by their runaway win in the first Test as the wounded French bring in
reinforcements for the second Test in Wellington on Saturday.
While All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he would
"probably" stick with the same line up, his French counterpart
Jacques Brunel is expected to make wholesale changes after their hiding in
"I hope we will be able to show something else, to be
close till the end. I am convinced that will be achieved if we fix our
communication problems in defence," Brunel said as both sides began
preparations on Monday for the second Test.
"They'll be hurting," Hansen noted. "If we
were in their shoes we'd certainly be turning up with a fairly staunch attitude
and a willingness to really give it a crack and I'm sure that's what they will
While Brunel put the focus on the French defence, Hansen
highlighted the restart and running lines as obvious areas for the All Blacks
to work on.
"We could get seduced by that score line, or understand
there's more in our game that we've got to get better at and have a real good
week's preparation," he said.
Hansen described the way the All Blacks handled the restarts
during the eight-tries-to-one romp in Auckland as "pretty ugly",
while getting the running line "a bit squarer would be nice".
Brunel said that before deciding on his second Test line-up
he would take a close look at the freshness "mentally and physically"
of new arrivals Benjamin Fall, Mathieu Babillot and Kelian Galletier, who
played in the Top 14 final between Castres and Montpellier nine days ago.
Fall, an outside utility back with 10 Tests to his name,
could replace either injured wing Remy Grosso or fullback Maxime Medard.
Galletier and Babillot would by vying for a berth in the
loose forwards where the French back three Judicael Cancoriet, Fabien Sanconnie
and Kevin Gourdon fell off the pace when the All Blacks ramped up the speed of
their game in the second half.
Wesley Fofana, if he recovers from his knee injury, would
likely join captain Mathieu Bastareaud in the centres.
"There are a lot of problems but the first one is to
fix our communication on defence," Brunel said.
"It is not a lost cause. We know the quality of the All
Blacks but I emphasise that we made it much too easy for them and 70 percent of
their tries came from only two or three passes."