"(I remember) playing him and thinking there's a big lump of a bloke running at you you haven't seen before", said Hooper. "People would be justified to think that".
"We spoke (at half-time) about putting them under pressure and it started to work", he said.
The 101-Test Read will line up in his customary No.8 role against the Wallabies, as he looks to secure his second straight Bledisloe Cup series win as captain.
Such is the All Blacks' confidence going into tomorrow's Rugby Championship rematch against Australia that they have shrugged off the loss of veteran prop Owen Franks by calmly slotting in a raw replacement, Nepo Laulala.
"The key from our point of view is to start again, to make sure we earn the right to do those little things that came off in weekend", Read said. "He's just got to get in the jersey and do his thing".
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Coach Michael Cheika said it was time for Simmons to prove himself after being shown the door by the Queensland Reds following a disappointing Super Rugby season.
Cheika said on Thursday he had been impressed by Rodda's training output and hinted he was closing in on a Wallabies nod. Sometimes when the opportunity comes you have to take it with both hands, so he's got to take it on Saturday. "He's well worth the investment Izack, he's got a really good attitude and he's going to have a great test in his first game for Australia". "This is our most important trophy we play for outside the World Cup".
"If we lose this match it [the Bledisloe Cup] is out of contention", Hooper said.
Cheika admitted he may have erred in recalling Kerevi so soon after his recovery from an ankle injury, with his last game of competitive rugby before the Bledisloe coming way back in June.
"It's definitely come into conversation but the way in which we achieve that goal is by smaller steps".
Cheika said: "For a guy who is still quite young in his worldwide career he's certainly put a mark on the game and he would have been selected last week if he was fit".