Rugby World Cup 2019: Ali Williams wants All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to loosen reins

Former All Blacks lock Ali WIlliams has urged Steve Hansen's team to forget about processes and go for broke - or kiss the Bledisloe Cup goodbye.

Williams said he had never witnessed Australia dominate New Zealand, both physically and psychologically, to the extent they did in last week's 47-26 drubbing in Perth.

He believes his former team aren't helped by the pressure to play in a certain way six weeks out from starting their World Cup title defence and has called on coach Hansen to ease the valve on Saturday at Eden Park.

"We've got to relieve the pressure on these players to start playing naturally," he told Sky Sports The Breakdown on Tuesday.

"At the moment, in the first few test matches of the year, we've been playing hindered, because of what they think they should be doing.

"Let's drop it now. Let's just go out and win - play what they see."

Williams knew the All Blacks were on the rack in Perth, when flanker Ardie Savea was penalised for an out-of-character shove on prone Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper after the whistle.

The act was borne of a lack of possession, as the hosts were clinical at the set piece and rarely kicked the ball away in general play.

"We have to give Australia some credit for how they mentally manipulated us," Williams said.

"Ardie Savea, I haven't seen him do that all year. I just thought the Aussies got inside us a little bit.

"Ardie doing that, he's trying to spark something."

That spark should have come via raw-boned physicality from the opening whistle, but Williams said that was inexplicably missing.

Williams contended that a more combative Kiwi pack this weekend would reduce the impact of halfback Nic White, who controlled the Wallabies' attacking rhythm.

"He was questioning our defenders. Is our first step forward?

"Is our first step sideways? Is he running with the ball?

"Nic White was looking exactly like a classic George Gregan."


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