Dalton Papalii urges New Zealand to keep a check on penalty counts

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster
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New Zealand flanker Dalton Papali'i wants the All Blacks to reduce their penalty counts as they look to seal the Bledisloe Cup when they face Australia at Eden Park on Saturday.

Ian Foster's men went on to concede 18 penalties in the opening game but still went on to register a 33-18 victory.

With head coach Ian Foster and skipper Sam Whitelock already urging the side to show an improved discipline, Papalii said their performance in the final quarter where they conceded two tries to Australia fullback Tom Banks is something they need to work on.

"That's not All Blacks rugby we played the last 20 minutes. In our minds we'd won the game. They came back and we started giving away stupid penalties. The game hasn't changed, we've just got to be hard on ourselves and be more disciplined," he told All Blacks official website.

"In that first half we just couldn't get into the game.

"It was one of those halves where we started to roll then we'd stop again. We're trying to find the balance of if we're not involved we're still sticking to the system.:

Papali'i also wants the All Blacks to take the attack to the Wallabies as they look to win the Bledisloe Cup for the 19th consecutive year after previously losing it in 2002.

"We're not just defenders, we're all attackers as well. I'd like to think I'm a bit of an attacker and, hopefully, I get the chance to show that, along with the other loose forwards."

"As a loose trio, it felt like we did our jobs, but it was just the way of the game that we didn't really get involved. We'll be trying to get a lot more involved this week," he said.