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This has been a big week for All Blacks hookers cleaning house. First came Dane Coles’ stunning admission; now Codie Taylor has laid things bare with a brutal assessment of the Bledisloe no-show in Perth.
Coles set the tone for Bledisloe redemption week when he fronted the media in Auckland on Monday and delivered as honest amea culpaas we’ve heard from an All Black in a while.
Ahead of Saturday night’s pivotal return clash against the Wallabies, the normally happy hooker’s words drew a clear line in the sand for the All Blacks forwards. To fail to measure up this week would be a prospect beyond contemplation for anyone squeezing into black jerseys 1-8 at Eden Park.
“The hard thing to take is that we lacked intent,” said Coles of the 47-26 thumping in Perth. “They were really desperate to win and you could see it the way they played. Our physicality and attitude wasn’t where it needs to be.
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“Maybe we took it a little bit for granted … A lot of it is about what’s in here (he taps his chest). We really lacked that and they brought a real hunger and were desperate. There’s a bit of soul-searching for the week. We need to find what it means to be an All Black.”
Fellow All Blacks forwards have all endorsed Coles’ clear challenge as the week has unfolded a
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