STANDING outside Principality Stadium in the now infamous security queues on Saturday afternoon in temperatures verging on sub-zero, the only thing stopping me turning around and watching the game in a pub was the opportunity to once again watch what I believe to be the best team in world sport on my doorstep.

I find it hard to believe anyone could argue that within team sport globally, the All Blacks have anything close to competitors when it comes to the longevity of their success, the ruthlessness and pure dogged determination they have to succeed.

Granted, there have been some incredible teams in the past such as Arsenal's 2004 'Invincibles', the 1996 Chicago Bulls or even the New England Patriots of the 2000s but in comparison these are very short-lived.

As anyone who knows me will vouch for, I am a huge sports fan who watches close to an unhealthy amount of sport both live and on the television.

I enjoy following Cardiff City around the UK, playing at Newport Golf Club, watching England and Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens and taking in any sport that Sky Sports show.

With all this in my mind and a few years of good and bad experiences under my belt, I find myself appreciating and understanding much more the ingredients that make a successful team than I used too.

So when I spoke to a few guys who were going to the game and had never seen the All Blacks live before, my only advice to them was to not just watch and appreciate the obvious aspects of a typical game of rugby but to look at what they do without the ball and how they give a sense of ease in incredibly competitive Test arenas.

The work rate involved and the speed they move off the ball are some of the biggest aspects that set them apart from the rest.

Their confidence to throw an outrageous offload knowing that a teammate would be in the right place at the right time is impressive in itself, let alone the clinical nature that they score their tries.

It was also interesting to see that whenever they scored a try there was no time wasted on celebrations – every player would run back to their own half, gather around the captain and talk about what the next job was on the kick off.

Why should it only be the conceding team that has a team talk under the posts when it's the exits that are now becoming the most important part of the game?

And what did they do to celebrate a clean sweep in the northern hemisphere? Have a few beers in the hotel with their families.

When you consider they could have walked outside and been serenaded around Cardiff until sunrise, it gives you an idea of what's important to these players and the culture they've created.

A bit like American trends and the rest of the world, what the All Blacks do tends to filter to the rest of world rugby in the following years.

Coaches will now be dissecting the video in the hope of finding features that will make their own teams successful.

This is a relatable subject as the Dragons find themselves at the very start of the journey to becoming a successful region.

We are starting to create a 'Dragons" culture and discover the strengths and weaknesses we can build our team around.

Having been visiting Rodney Parade since the inception of 'Newport Gwent Dragons', I admit to having heard this many times before but this is the first time there's been real substance behind the comments, and financial power the back them up.

With teams in our own league, notably Connacht and Glasgow, being many years into their transformation, we know there's a long road ahead but it is very achievable.

These teams will tell you it took between three to five years to really start achieving their potential, with a lot of tough times in between, so we really are in our infancy.

Onto the upcoming fixtures and it's safe to say that I've never seen a rugby team with five home games in a row before but it's an exciting prospect and hopefully we can build some momentum to lead us into the all-important Christmas derbies.

It starts tonight with Ulster, who served us a humiliating defeat at the start of the season. Motivation will not be an issue but getting the detail right in what we do will be the most important factor as to whether we win or lose.

I've now had two full weeks of training and I am starting to shake off the usual niggles you get after a long lay-off.

It will be great to play a part in this busy period, but jerseys won't be given out for just any reason so I'll have to wait patiently and make the most of my opportunity when it arises.