Monday 23 October 2017

Hugh Farrelly: All Blacks winger Guildford warns Ireland there's more to come

NEW ZEALAND winger Zac Guildford. Photo: Reuters
NEW ZEALAND winger Zac Guildford. Photo: Reuters

Hugh Farrelly in Auckland

NEW ZEALAND winger Zac Guildford has warned Ireland that the world champions expect to improve their attacking game in the second Test in Christchurch next weekend.

The All Blacks scored five tries as they cruised to a 42-10 victory over the Irish in Eden Park on Saturday night and Guildford believes extra time in camp together this week will see a raise in standards on Test rugby’s return to Christchurch.

“We hardly touched on our attack during the week,” said Guildford. “We relied on our individual flair and how we've been going for our franchises, so once we get into our team patterns and work on things, I think we can build a lot more.

“On our Thursday training, we ran two teams against each other and it was pretty much like an All Black trial. It's a lot of fun when you've got that competition to keep you on your toes. Putting the World Cup behind us and winning that was pretty big.

“You've also got some new talent coming through and everyone seems to get on really well.”

Coach Steve Hansen said today that he believes after ending that 24-year wait for the World Cup, the All Blacks are able to play with greater freedom.

“It was a pretty big monkey that has been around this country for a long time,” said Hansen. “I think we're all feeling a little bit more relaxed. This is just a different era and we're starting again. What we were looking for was really good attitude and trying to establish some patterns we had been working on.

“You also expect your team to take a bit of a while to gel... and they gelled pretty quickly to be fair.

“So I'm very happy.”

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