Read braced for ruthless Lions

All Blacks captain Kieran Read expects the British and Irish Lions to adopt a ruthless attitude when the sides meet in Wellington on Saturday.

Down 0-1 in the series, the Lions have their tour and their year on the line and with that in mind the All Blacks will need to be ruthless themselves and they can't afford to sit back to wait and see what the tourists will bring.

"We've got to go out there and try and take it ourselves and lead with our game,"  Read told the All Blacks' official website.

Read said the Lions' choice of two openside flankers, Sean O'Brien and captain Sam Warburton, will not change how the All Blacks cope with that, but they are expecting the breakdown to be targeted more by the Lions.

"If we can dominate some ball carries it can hopefully nullify what they've got but certainly it will be top of our list this week," he said.

Being a series it wasn't to be expected that the same game-plan used in the first game will be employed in the second.

"You've got to adapt and adjust to what is presented your way," added Read.

"Both teams will have done that and if anything it is going to be more physical and I can't wait for that battle. 

"We've got to expect that there'll be slight changes from them and we've obviously got to be good enough to pick out what they are and try and utilise that to our advantage."

While the weather is out of their control, it appeared it was going to be wetter and windier than it had been for the first Test.

"You can't just turn up and expect to throw the ball around in those conditions," explained Read.

"You've got to earn the right to win territory first I think and from there put as much pressure are you can on. It's hard to make points but we'll just see what happens tomorrow." 

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