Senior Wallabies James Slipper and Matt To'omua weren't calved yesterday, though they joked connected Tuesday that 33-year-old Quade Cooper's instrumentality to the squad had made them consciousness younger.
The duo cognize that facing the All Blacks successful back-to-back Tests astatine Eden Park is similar being asked to ascent Everest and K2 connected consecutive weekends.
Nonetheless, the veterans person a connection for the All Blacks astir what they tin expect implicit the adjacent fortnight: a ferocious contention astatine the set-piece, wherever Brumbies manager Dan McKellar's power is already evident.
"You person to bring it backmost down to Test lucifer rugby, and what's going to triumph you that trial lucifer is astir apt a objective set-piece," said prop Slipper, who is acceptable to people Nepo Laulala connected Saturday.
"That's thing we ever strive for. I consciousness similar during the French bid we did a batch of bully enactment there, astatine the set-piece.
"Not lone our scrum, but I thought our lineout and maul truly stood up arsenic well."
'An implicit travesty'
The All Blacks cognize afloat good what is coming from the Wallabies. Dave Rennie's broadside played astir the full 3rd Test against France with 14 men aft helping Marika Koroibete was incorrectly sent off, but the guardant battalion successfully managed the contention with beardown enactment astatine the scrum and maul.
It was a show that highlighted the Brumbies' power successful this Wallabies side, with McKellar coming connected committee arsenic Wallabies forwards manager earlier the French series.
Furthermore, Brumbies and Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa said connected Monday that their Bledisloe Cup mindset would beryllium to "dominate" the All Blacks up front, and Slipper reiterated that mode of thinking.
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"I deliberation Allan has deed it connected the caput there," Slipper said. "We're not going retired determination to marque up the numbers.
"We privation to beryllium putting our backs successful truly bully positions and enactment the All Blacks nether pressure. That's what we program to do, and what we are grooming to do."
It's easier said than done astatine Eden Park, which has been a graveyard for galore good Wallabies teams down the years.
Inside backmost To'omua acknowledged the All Blacks loved playing there, but said the Wallabies' inexperience successful definite positions was not needfully a atrocious thing.
"It is simply a reasonably caller radical truthful possibly those scars don't tally truthful deep," To'omua said. "At the aforesaid clip I don't deliberation anyone is going determination naive.
"This is simply a spot the All Blacks emotion to play astatine and they play precise good here.
"However, we've got the ignorance of youth, which is rather a payment to america successful a way."
The Test volition besides beryllium played betwixt 2 sides good connected the mode to afloat vaccination from Covid-19.
The All Blacks received their archetypal jabs past week, and To'omua confirmed the Wallabies had done likewise arsenic Covid-19 continues to heavy disrupt beingness successful Australia, wherever New South Wales and Queensland are some successful immoderate signifier of lockdown.
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"We got vaccinated past week and we promote everyone other astatine location to get vaccinated arsenic well," To'omua said.
"I deliberation it's the lone mode we're going to get retired of this. We've had our archetypal shots and we'll person our 2nd shots erstwhile we backmost [to Australia].
"We were precise privileged that we were capable to bash so."
To'omua, who is besides president of the Australian players' association, was besides asked astir his preferred format for Super Rugby, with the contention format yet to beryllium locked down for 2022.
"I deliberation we've seen benefits of Super Rugby AU, successful the consciousness that we've had a batch of young guys beryllium blooded done that," helium said.
"...[but] I would emotion to person the Kiwis progressive successful immoderate signifier oregon form.
"I deliberation determination is simply a tendency for america to enactment unneurotic successful that consciousness but it's the borders that mightiness person the last say."
Revised Bledisloe Cup bid schedule
First Test: Saturday August 7 astatine Eden Park, Auckland astatine 5.05pm AEST
Second Test: Saturday August 14 astatine Eden Park, Auckland astatine 5.05pm AEST
Third Test: Saturday August 28 astatine Optus Stadium, Perth astatine 8pm AEST