Planet Rugby

Smith ready for conditions challenge

19th June 2014 18:49

Share:

ben smith new zealand training

Adaptable: Ben Smith

After passing his first start at full-back for New Zealand with flying colours, Ben Smith is ready for whatever weather in Hamilton.

Playing under the Forsyth Barr roof offered the Highlanders' 15 a sense of familiarity last week as New Zealand defeated England 28-27.

Smith won rave reviews for his performance in an outstanding runout in place of Israel Dagg, reverting to his natural position.

Now selected again at full-back for the third and final clash, Smith is ready to make the necessary adjustments to cope with the conditions should the rain fall down at Waikato Stadium.

"You've always got to prepare for all the different conditions you can get," Smith told the Waikato Times.

"Obviously if it rains you've got to adjust in a few different ways, particularly by getting closer, but hopefully it's a nice day on Saturday and both teams can play enjoyable rugby that the fans want."

Smith stated that there will still aspects of his game to work on, despite impressing so greatly in Dunedin.

"Looking at my game there were a few different areas that I could have done a bit better, just a few decision-making things that I probably need to improve in," added Smith.

"But you're looking to go out there every week and give the best performance you can and this weekend is another chance to do that, I think."

The All Blacks will also be wary of England employing a greater kicking offensive than in recent matches.

"We've got to prepare throughout the week for the aerial game they could employ; making sure when they put kicks up we're confident coming through onto the ball."

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Preview
Castres vs LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Preview
Wasps vs HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Preview
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92 Preview
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs Edinburgh19:35
Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Ospreys vs Connacht19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 25
Ulster 13 - 23 ToulonUlster vs Toulon Report
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Montpellier 13 - 15 GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Report
Northampton 34 - 6 OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 15 - 3 LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Rovigo 18 - 33 Cardiff Blues
Oyonnax 15 - 25 Gloucester
Exeter 33 - 13 Connacht
Bucuresti 9 - 13 Stade Francais
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Western Province 19 - 16 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 36 - 32 TasmanTaranaki vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615