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Read: All Blacks can get better

Kieran Read insists New Zealand can improve, despite their 100% record from their opening three Tri-Nations contests.

The All Blacks claimed a 49-28 Bledisloe Cup win over Australia in Melbourne last Saturday and meet the Wallabies in Christchurch this weekend.

"We dropped a lot of ball and gave a lot of turnovers away, so I think if we just tidy up a few areas it is going to be pretty good," said Read.

The 24-year-old has been thrilled to play alongside his Crusaders and All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

"He's just amazing," added Read. "I always know that he goes out there and pretty much plays his best game every game at the moment he's really enjoying it. It's just great to see him playing that way."

Saturday's clash will be Read's second appearance in a home Test.

The forward, who has more than 20 caps in all, added: "It's awesome that we are doing well right now and great that people are talking about the All Blacks and the way we are going but as we see it, it is pretty big that we keep doing the business on the track every week.

"We've got to be prepared to step back every week and prepare accordingly. The standards we've set we want to keep improving we don't want to slip back."

Hooker Keven Mealamu, meanwhile, is also enjoying the All Blacks' strong showing.

"There's quite a bit of attacking rugby and we're looking after the ball really well and that's the sort of game I enjoy to play," he said.


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