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Kiwis Jason Taumalolo eyes increased role

Wednesday 19 Oct 2016 6:44 p.m.

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Jason Taumololo didn't exactly pick his words well when he tried to sidestep questions today about his lack of minutes against the Kangaroos.

"I'm just out there on the field trying to play the best footy I can," said the joint Dally M medal winner.

The problem of course is it's impossible to play your best footy when you're not on the field

"I haven't spoken to Kiddy[coach David Kidwell] yet, we'll probably come down to that in the UK and talk more about how I want to be used."

Although spending the first 26 minutes of the second half on the bench could benefit Taumololo, as he's been carrying a knee injury all season.

"I didn't really feel 100 percent all year, done my knee twice."

The Kiwis' attack is also looking a bit crook, they've only scored two tries in the last two Tests.

"Look we weren't good in that facet. We rushed our plays, a lot of it comes down to timing, I know we haven't been playing for a bit," admitted veteran half Thomas Leuluai.

"But ultimately that blame comes down to me and Shaun [Johnson] really."

But before they can find redemption against Australia, the Kiwis open their tournament against England on October 29th, a team they've also struggled against losing last year's Test series 2-1.

"We definitely know now not to underestimate them.

"They've got a new coach in Wayne Bennett - who's a decent coach, I suppose."

A similar Judgement on Kidwell will have to wait until after the Four Nations.

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