Kaino: We know we have to be better

Date published: September 25 2015

New Zealand loose forward Jerome Kaino has acknowledged that his side don't need their coaches to tell them that they need to put in better performances than the one they did against Namibia on Thursday.

The All Blacks scored nine tries in a 58-14 over the Southern African minnows, but the performance was not their best and was at times disjointed and messy.

While some times might have walked away happy to have emerged with the victory and without suffering any injuries, Kaino has conceded that the players are not content with the way they played.

"It wasn't about the win, it was about how we won and how we played and I think especially in the middle part of that game it was a bit frustrating how we weren't able to put the phases together that we wanted," Kaino told TVNZ.

"For us, we know, the players don't need the coaches to tell us, we know that we haven't played to our potential."

Centre Sonny Bill Williams praised Namibia for not allowing the All Blacks to have it all their own way, but added that his side needed to up their game.

"Give it to Namibia," he said. "Tonight was a combination of us dropping our skill level and them putting pressure on us. 

"We know that teams are going to really study us and put the microscope under everything we do. 

"And we have to do better than we did tonight."