OUTTA MY WAY: Wallabies captain Michael Hooper fends off All Black Wyatt Crockett last Saturday.
OUTTA MY WAY: Wallabies captain Michael Hooper fends off All Black Wyatt Crockett last Saturday.

McKenzie sticking with same Wallabies line-up

Rather than change his personnel, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie hopes his players can improve their execution for the second Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

He has named an unchanged line-up after last Saturday night's 12-all draw in Sydney, which doubled as the opening match of the 2014 Rugby Championship.

"We haven't changed the team - we'll just concentrate on doing things better," McKenzie said. "The errors we made weren't necessarily handling errors. They were more things like running into touch and bumping into each other, things like that. We can fix up that - that's just communication and cohesion."

McKenzie said both teams should be excited by the prospect of a dry evening in Auckland, unlike last Saturday, which should allow more of the running game he is trying to promote.

All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read, however, said his team's focus had been on going back to basics.

"It's important that we get back to what we do well," he said. "It was a tough game in all respects on Saturday night so we're just about going back to the drawing board and doing the things that suit us, which are carrying hard and tackling well and recycling the ball really quick."


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