The Wallabies are claiming the advantage in preparation for tonight's opening Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney.
The Australian camp's been running for around three weeks in the build up to meeting the All Blacks, while the Kiwis have had just one.
Coach Robbie Deans believes their time together will be evident when the game gets tough.
"Invariably it helps, just to have time together, whether it be just to build connections or also tend to the content, tend to detail so that we've got a little bit of clarity and composure hopefully when it gets difficult."
Deans says it's not just the referee's job to ensure Pocock's not overly harassed by All Blacks keen to blunt his impact in the tackle.
"It's not so much at the breakdown, it's long after the breakdown's over. The ball's gone and the game's carrying on and players are being denied the ability to participate in that game and it's the touch judge's responsibility because the referee invariably is watching the game."
A fine day is expected in Sydney in the lead up to kickoff.
Photo: Robbie Deans (Photosport)