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NZ wary

Rodney Duthie
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

THE All Blacks 7s whitewash at the hands of Fiji in Dubai still lingers in the minds of the New Zealand players.

And coach Gordon Tietjens hopes to use the 44-0 drubbing to his advantage when the two sides meet in New Zealand's back yard this weekend.

"It's always a tough game against Fiji and one we get up for and Fiji also gets up for us," Tietjens said.

"It's one-all and I suppose the hiding Fiji gave us in Dubai is still in the back of the minds of the players."

"It's (match) gonna test us and Fiji as well to see where we're at."

Recalling veteran playmaker Tomasi Cama in the side will add firepower to a New Zealand already brimming with experience.

"There's a lot of experience in the side, I have named DJ Forbes, Tomasi Cama, Tim Mikkelson, Lote Raikabula and Pat Lam in the side and included Akira Ioane," Tietjens said.

"It's a changed team with a bigger pitch this weekend. We have some tough games and it's not an easy pool.

"It will be a tough challenge for us."

Both teams will have support at the Westpac Stadium but the pressure will certainly be on the home side.

"There are certainly people there who will be supporting us and there will be support for Fiji as well. It will be a tough game."

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