After missing the chance to secure the Bledisloe Cup for another year, a humble All Blacks team are preparing to do battle with the Wallabies in Sydney this weekend.
Fullback Beauden Barrett has revealed the team's "bothered" by results at home, that meant having to take the Cup with them across the Tasman, instead of leaving it in New Zealand.
They respect their rivals, who are full of confidence, as they eye a big opportunity on Saturday night.
"Playing at home is going to give us a huge lift," says forward Allan Alaalatoa.
Australia may not have won a test in New Zealand, but a drawn series opener has given them a chance to claim the Bledisloe Cup on home soil - and that opportunity is giving them belief.
New coach Dave Rennie has been a major part of that and the All Blacks have noticed that growth.
"I think they're improving and they are a strong side under Dave Rennie," says Barrett.
Assistant coach John Plumtree agrees, impressed by what he's seen to date.
"I think they take a lot of confidence out of their tour," Plumtree says. "The way they put the game to us in New Zealand was pretty impressive.
"They stretched us on many occasions out wide, we had to scramble on defence. They are a side that's prided themselves on never giving up."
And two wins on home soil would see Australia lift the Cup for the first time since 2002, all thanks to that hard-fought deadlock in Wellington.
"Of course it bothers us, but we can't be too arrogant and expect to win every game at home," Barrett says.
"We do respect Australia and we are up for the challenge that's presented this weekend.
Forced to sacrifice time with his newborn daughter, Barrett has a new will to win.
"It just makes me a lot more driven to make it worthwhile," he says. "It's my purpose, and my 'why' to train hard and do everything for them."
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