All Blacks fullback Ben Smith says they have plans to deal with an expected aerial assault from the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.
Israel Folau, regardless of where he is on the park, is one of the Wallabies’ most potent threats as they bid to stop the All Blacks’ trans-Tasman dominance.
However, Smith suggested New Zealand are ready to curb the influence of his opposite number.
‘We’ve got a couple of plans around that. It’s [an] awareness that it’s coming and being aware of where he [Folau] is on the field.
‘It’ll be part of the game and we’ll look to get up and shut those down. It’s going to be an area that we’re going to have to make sure that we put time into and have a good plan around because they have got some good guys that are pretty sharp aerially.’
Despite a number of controversial calls surrounding the aerial contest during the June internationals, Smith added that he feels the laws are simple.
‘I just think you have to make good decisions. Really good decisions. Because if you don’t quite get that right, we’ve seen over the last few months that you can spend time on the sidelines.
‘It all happens quickly… It’s just down to reactions and making sure you’re aware of situations. [Knowing] when you can go up and maybe if you’re not quite making it there on time, to let that guy go up,’ Smith added.
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