Bledisloe Cup 2020: All Blacks feel Dave Rennie's influence in physical Wallabies

Dave Rennie's immediate impact on the Wallabies has been welcomed across the Tasman and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the All Blacks either.

 On Tuesday, players admitted they felt like they were playing against Rennie's old side - the Chiefs - as they were outmuscled in Sunday's 16-all draw in Wellington.

And they know exactly what needs to change to avoid finding themselves on the wrong side of history at Eden Park. 

They're parking the Wellington result but there's no shortage of lessons out of the 16-all draw that saw them put to the sword but a physically superior Wallabies side.

"You see clips with their intent and they're smashing guys and the ruck and we're just standing there sort of having a holiday," says hooker Dane Coles.

But perhaps that shouldn't be a surprise given who's in charge.

The Wallabies' increased physicality reminded Coles of what he used to come up against during Super Rugby visits to Hamilton.

"He's got a good understanding of how to create chaos at the ruck, we've seen that before in the teams he's coached in New Zealand," he says.

In fact, Coles even sees elements of Brodie Retallick in the Wallabies approach to the breakdown.

"I could see big 'guzzler' coming in and taking guys off the ball… we felt that."

And the Wallabies expect that to fire the All Blacks up for the second Bledisloe test at Eden Park.

Nic White only needs to think back to the side's defeat in Auckland last year, a week after the Wallabies victory in Perth.

"The All Blacks have always reacted after a draw or a loss or a performance they didn't think went well," White admits.

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