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Aggression, intensity must lift for us - Philips

Aggression, intensity must lift for us - Philips
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| Rugby News | Saturday November 24 2012 19:12


Welsh halfback Mike Philips believes his side needs to up the intensity and attitude in every facet of the game when they take on the All Blacks in Cardiff.

Philips says Wales lacked spark against Argentina and Samoa.

"The aggression hasn't quite been there in the first two matches. The attitude in the contact area has been a little bit poor from us all so we've got to up the levels really across the board and really bring that aggressive side to our game and just those basics of rugby you've got to get right."

All Blacks centre Conrad Smith is reading little into the criticism that's been heaped on Wales leading into tomorrow morning's test in Cardiff.

The barrage has lessened over the course of the week, however the pressure on the home side following losses to Argentina and Samoa.

All Black centre Conrad Smith says people outside a team tend to overreact.

"You know yourselves when you're in that team there's a pretty fine line between success and failure but other people make it out to be a big difference. It creates a steely resolve and they'll play well."

Wales captain Sam Warburton puts on par with a clash against Six Nations arch rivals England.

He says the home crowd will be a massive factor.

"The tickets sold out within a week when they went back on sale months ago, so the fans will make it an amazing atmosphere there and it's a game which everybody wants to be involved in so to get a win is going to be a massive motivating factor for the players."

It been 59 years since Wales beat the All Blacks.

Tickets for the match sold out in a week when they went on sale months ago, with a capacity crowd of 72,500.

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