Read sets the standard

Date published: August 26 2016

New Zealand captain Kieran Read knows his side has to shine against Australia on Saturday if they are to keep hold of the Bledisloe Cup.

The number eight was part of the XV that thumped the Wallabies 42-8 in Sydney last week, and another win in Wellington would seal the Cup.

Read is looking to back up that performance at Westpac Stadium, saying that they have to keep their standards high if they are to succeed.

“We’re a proud bunch and the Bledisloe Cup means a lot to us. So obviously we have to do a job tomorrow to hang onto it,” he told reporters.

“It’s never easy backing up a great performance as Steve [Hansen] has said and we’re looking to do that and go out and stamp our mark on the game. We’ve got to do that early I guess and work our way back into it.”

He added ahead of Saturday’s fixture: “Certainly the Bledisloe Cup is a massive driver for us. That’s still up in the air right now so we can’t be saying anything about holding onto it until we do the job one more time.

“Every time we play against Australia we say it, it is never an easy game so we know we have got to prepare accordingly otherwise it’s a hell of a night and you often find you don’t come out on the right side of it.”