Video: 'The attitude was a fraction off' - All Blacks hold frank discussions after close win over Scotland




Soul searching took priority over match analysis as the All Blacks began their build-up to the last Test of a marathon season in Cardiff.

"It's a reminder that every team we come up against will hope to play the game of their lives," Sam Cane said.
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Player attitude isn't usually a problem area for the world champions but they admit they let themselves down in Saturday's heart-stopping 22-17 win over Scotland in Edinburgh.

New Zealand's coaches have barely bothered to go over the video of the Murrayfield clash ahead of this weekend's season-ending fixture against Wales.

Instead, flanker Sam Cane says there was an honesty session to pinpoint exactly why they weren't mentally amped from the kickoff, letting the Scots steal the initiative and very nearly a first-ever All Blacks scalp.

A Beauden Barrett tackle robbed Scotland of a first Test win over NZ.
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"There wasn't a heck of a lot of footage shown but there was a lot of discussions," Cane said.

"Around different players' processes in terms of turning up at kick off, ready to rip into it at a 10 out of 10 level.

"It's a reminder that every team we come up against will hope to play the game of their lives.

"To be fair, we probably turned up with an attitude that was a fraction off against Scotland. It doesn't take much."

Scotland came close to a famous win over the All Blacks, losing 22-17 in Edinburgh.
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New Zealand's 16th match of the year will lower the curtain on their heaviest schedule since playing 17 games in 1997.

The rest and rotation of players at key times has been done to ensure they are still firing in their final week.

Cane reckons the spirit in the team is still evident and that the coaches' methods will bear fruit against the Welsh.

It will be a relatively quiet week training-wise, with much of the emphasis on how they are mentally primed.

"The urgency to get up, all these things that make a big difference, you've got to build that through the week.

"It's pretty tough to just turn up and flick a switch."

After enjoying bright weather throughout most of their European tour, the All Blacks have arrived to what is forecast to be several days of drizzly conditions in Cardiff, raising the prospect of playing under the Principality Stadium roof on Saturday.

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