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Dominance means 'bugger all' to All Blacks

David Beniuk 29/10/2010 08:16:58 PM Comments (0)

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says his side's 10-game winning streak over the Wallabies will mean "bugger all" when the ball is kicked off in Saturday night's fourth Bledisloe Cup Test.

Despite the stranglehold the New Zealanders have had over Australia since July 2008, McCaw is convinced it will be attitude that wins the Hong Kong Stadium clash.

"It's a new Test," he told reporters after a closed final All Blacks training session on Friday.

"History doesn't mean bugger all when the kick-off starts or even the week leading up.

"That's what you've got to instil, what gives you the chance to win on Saturday is you get your preparation right and you've got to play for 80 minutes and do everything dead right.

"If you look at what allows you to get a performance which will hopefully allow you to win the game, that's the things you've got to focus on and that's definitely what we try and drive in this team."

The All Blacks are still fuming over their performance in Sydney last month, a get-out-of-jail 23-22 victory after the Wallabies had led 22-9.

Ominously for Australia, they are determined to make amends and win a 16th straight Test match against all opponents.

"A few of us haven't played for a while so we're pretty excited about getting back into it and I guess there's a bit of a memory of last time that we were perhaps a bit lucky to get away with it," McCaw said.

"It was a performance we weren't totally happy with until the last few minutes.

"They could have won the game, they were in it right til the end."

McCaw is likely to shift to No.8 or blindside flanker to make way for former Queensland forward Daniel Braid's injection from the bench in his first Test match since 2008.

"You've got to play that role rather than get in each other's way," champion openside McCaw said.

"This week I've made sure I'm up to speed with the other two roles and if that happens I think we're prepared for it."

The All Blacks have their eyes on the world record of 18 straight Test victories on their five-Test spring tour, which features a grand slam leg in the UK and Ireland.

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