Ewen McKenzie has challenged the All Blacks to "bring their A game" to the second Bledisloe Cup clash and defend their 28-year unbeaten run at Eden Park against the Wallabies.
The Wallabies bounded into Auckland on Thursday night and wasted little time setting the record straight.
Fronting the captain's news conference alongside Michael Hooper on Friday, McKenzie batted away a week's worth of barbs from counterpart Steve Hansen and said he hoped both teams would hold nothing back after a rain-affected draw in Sydney.
"They'll judge their own performance. I thought we put them under pressure," he said.
"We know we made uncharacteristic errors and I'm sure they decided the same thing, so it's not about poking a bear with a stick, it's a competitive game.
"We want them to bring their A game because we're going to bring ours. That's what it's about."
McKenzie offered some polite advice to Hansen, who earlier in the week claimed referee Jaco Peyper apologised for a number of incorrect calls against New Zealand in the 12-12 match in Sydney.
"I haven't seen the referee's comment, only Steve's interpretation of what the referee said," McKenzie said.
"He [Hansen] talks about free kicks at scrum time – I think there were three free kicks but there were still 14 penalties, so it depends on which bit you want to look at."
Frenchman Romain Poite will lead the officiating in Saturday's clash, prompting worries the Australian scrum would be haunted by Poite's perception of the deciding Test of the British and Irish Lions series.
McKenzie did his best to take the high road, but offered another tip to Hansen, saying he had learnt to look at the big picture of a team's treatment and performance over time.
"The IRB's done a pretty good job of trying to get some consistency in that area [refereeing] and SANZAR has as well," he said.
"Teams have to look at themselves over time, as opposed to looking at one game and saying 'there was one mistake'.
"We can look at the game and point out a few things that we weren't happy with, but you can do that every week."
Hooper dismissed talk of the Wallabies' Eden Park hoodoo, despite Australia's last win at the picturesque suburban fortress coming seven years before his birth.
"We're thinking about the improvements we can make on the field, rather than the big picture going around it," he said.
"We're footy players who want to know how we can get better in attack and defence; it's as simple as that."
The Wallabies trained at Eden Park on Friday afternoon in their first dry session of the week.
With no rain forecast on Saturday, McKenzie said he was confident the Wallabies would put in an improved performance, despite Hansen's suggestion they had little left to give after the opening round draw.
"I've been watching the All Blacks for a long time, so I know what the All Blacks as a team are capable of," he said.
"It depends on the group of individuals. They were going for a world record last week and didn't get there.
"They're a very consistent side, they've been the most consistent team for a number of years.
"We know that, but it doesn't mean they win every game, so we look forward to the challenge."