Scrum-half Smith scored the only try of the first half of the Bledisloe Cup opener at ANZ Stadium but the All Blacks went into the break 6-5 behind.
Despite a fine counter-attacking performance from the All Blacks, Smith is keen to see the forward pack exert their influence at scums and line-outs when they take on the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday.
“We could take a lot of positives from the weekend but there were heaps of learnings and opportunities for us to get better and that’s what we’re really focusing on after a review,” he said.
“We just want to improve our game, get it to a standard where we want to be, but I think you just have to look at our set-piece attack. It was pretty average and we got nothing off that.
“Something we pride ourselves on has always been our set-piece attack but credit to Australia to be able to defend and show different pictures.”
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“Obviously we are good mates with Ryan and I actually think over the last couple of days he seems not too bad,” he said.
“His symptoms weren’t that bad so I think you have just got to take it as it comes.
“That’s why the protocols are there, so you can follow them. I’m sure he will take that time and he’ll be back when he’s ready.”
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