Cape Town - Hooker Dane Coles has lamented the All Blacks' poor
execution in the 16-9 defeat to Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.
Coles said it was good to have a chance to right the wrongs
associated with their loss to Ireland and while he didn't know the team yet
there was a chance for less experienced players in the touring party to be
involved in the Italy Test.
"I think that sort of result [Ireland] is going to
leave a wee bit in the gut over the summer for a couple of months but it's
about this week and hopefully we can improve from the weekend," he said.
Coles said the All Blacks had some of the best players in
the world who played what they saw in front of them but everything they tried
against Ireland there was always someone there.
"We didn't break them down. In the past when we build
pressure we can make a line break but they were just everywhere. They played
their hearts out. You've got to have structure and you've got to have balance
and guys react in situations and sometimes that is going out of your structure
and playing what's in front of you. I think we're still trying to find that
balance," he said.
"There was some space but we didn't see it and didn't
make the right calls. It's about working hard to see what's in front of you and
calling the right thing," he said.
Having Ireland being called the best team in the world did
hurt but that had been something in the All Blacks' control but they hadn't
been able to beat them. That was the nature of sport and Ireland had fully
deserved their win.
"We just have to move on and use that fuel, and that
hurt, and channel it the right way," he said.
The loss had been a reminder about ensuring moments in
games, when they arrived, were taken. Ireland took theirs and won the game, he
Flanker Ardie Savea said he had been feeling sore after such
a physical Test but it was a case of getting over it and getting into work for
the next week.
"We've just go to focus on the task at hand on
Saturday. You get over it pretty quick," he said.
Savea said the gap had closed between the All Blacks and the
other top rugby nations but all they could do was focus on each week and to
continue to try and improve.
Looking ahead to Italy, he said the players spent a lot of
time looking at their opposition. They did their own analysis as well as
looking at them as a team. They looked for opportunities to exploit in their
opponents and once having determined a plan they then focused on themselves.
Coles said that because they didn't play Italy too often
they would spend more time on the computers researching them so there would be
no surprises. And it was also about giving Italy the respect they deserve.
"They pushed Australia hard so we'll spend more time on
the computers just seeing the way and some trends, and then parking that up and
focusing on us," he said.