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Wallabies keep us on our toes: Carter

By Darren Walton 06/08/2010 04:31:09 PM Comments (0)

Superstar five-eighth Dan Carter has revealed the All Blacks' great respect for the Wallabies as the driving motivation behind their relentless Bledisloe Cup domination.

Carter says he cannot believe the All Blacks are on the verge of retaining New Zealand's most cherished silverware for an eighth consecutive year with a ninth successive victory over Australia, a record-equalling winning streak not achieved since 1947.

But the brilliant playmaker says gloating is taboo in the All Blacks ranks, the fear of failure helping the world's top-ranked team a step ahead of the chasing pack.

"It's not something we really think about or talk about, to be honest," Carter told AAP.

"We really love playing the Wallabies and they're really tough opponents to come up against and we don't really see it as being that dominant.

"Obviously we're very happy with our success we've had over them the last couple of years, but I think it's just due to hard work and we're getting our rewards.

"So it's something we look back at and are pretty proud of but as soon as we get too excited by it, we'll get tipped over.

"So we'd rather keep looking forward than looking back."

Eager to twist the knife, Carter says nullifying Wallabies breakdown menace David Pocock will be an All Blacks priority at on Saturday night.

"There's a few areas that we have to work on where they really ripped into us (last week)," he said.

"I thought Pocock turned over a lot of ball. He really got in there and was a bit of a nuisance for us.

"It's pretty frustrating, so that's definitely an area that we need to look on."

Carter conceded the Wallabies would be a more dangerous proposition when classy flyhalf Quade Cooper returned from suspension for the final two games in the four-Test series.

"The thing I think they were missing was that combination of (halfback Will) Genia and Cooper," he said.

"They work extremely well and that's what makes Cooper a fantastic footballer, because of that combination with Genia.

"They know each other's game so well so I guess the style of play they're wanting to play is to use the ball a lot more.

"Having someone like Quade, you don't know what he's going to do. He's pretty lethal with the ball in hand."

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