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We'll be up for this one, insists Rees

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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SCARLETS hooker Matthew Rees insists the Welsh players won't have any problem "getting up" for tomorrow's clash with the best team on the planet.

British Lion Rees is no stranger to facing New Zealand over a 55-cap international career.

Six times he has been on the losing side against the men in black, but every time he has relished the challenge.

"When you face the world champions in your own back yard, as a player, a team and nation, if you can't get up for that then there is something wrong with you," he said.

"We know if we play like we did in terms of our last two performances then we are going to be in for a tough day at the office and probably concede a lot of points.

"There are no illusions. We know that we've got to turn up. "We are a tight bunch who have been working hard together.

"You cannot fault the working week, but we know it's not about the working week.

"Obviously, it helps in terms of your preparation, but it's game day that counts and that is the most important thing this week."

With the All Blacks enjoying a 19-Test unbeaten streak, the form book suggests nothing but an emphatic success for the world champions in Cardiff — especially if Wales fail to emerge from the mediocrity of their previous two performances against Argentina and Samoa.

"We haven't put in a performance during the past two weeks as a team and individuals, and it has been a bit of a wake-up call," added Rees. "But we don't become a bad team overnight. We've had great success over the last 12-14 months and we've had a bit of a blip.

"We know how good the All Blacks are as a team and as individuals, but we know how good we can be as well.

"All the All Blacks are capable with ball in hand, they can all do a job in the contact area. That makes them the best team in the world.

"It is another step up in terms of what we have faced over the last two weeks and it is important for us that we start well in the first 10-15 minutes and make sure we take the game to them.

"We have been frustrated with ourselves in terms of the way we have played the last two weeks. We know we are a better team than that.

"We have got the best supporters in world rugby and we know everyone will be turning up on Saturday to see us perform. It's up to us to make sure that happens. The supporters deserve it."

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