Kieran Read predicts a tough battle for All Blacks at Millennium Stadium

Last Updated: 20/11/12 6:20pm

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Kieran Read: Expecting tough match with Wales

Kieran Read: Expecting tough match with Wales

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New Zealand No 8 Kieran Read is expecting a "tough" Test against Wales in Cardiff this weekend, despite the hosts being hopelessly out of form.

Wales have been beaten by Argentina and Samoa in their opening two autumn series matches, whilst New Zealand piled up the points in beating Scotland and Italy.

Wales have their head coach Warren Gatland back at the helm for Saturday's match after he was given time off to prepare for next year's Lions tour.

And Read, who captained the All Blacks in their victory over Italy, admits they are preparing for a rough ride at the Millennium Stadium.

"Over here it has generally taken us a full 80 minutes to wear them down. I don't think we have ever had an easy game against Wales since I have been involved," he said.

"They are a tough side and really come at us physically, so it is always a really tough game against them.

"You look at a team like Wales and not too long ago they were dominating European rugby and no team goes backwards that quickly.

"They are still a quality side and we respect them for that, and any team with their backs against the wall will come out fighting, so we expect that on Saturday night.

"They will raise their game, they will be a lot better across the board. They won't be happy with where they are at and in that position you really dig your heels in and look to come out strong."

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