Henry wary of wounded Aussies

2010-10-19 09:32

Wellington - All Blacks coach Graham Henry said on Tuesday he expected the Wallabies to throw everything at New Zealand in Hong Kong this month in a desperate bid to end a record losing run against their arch-rivals.

VIDEO: Henry talks up SBW

New Zealand have won their past 10 encounters with Australia, including three dramatic wins to secure this year's Bledisloe Cup, and Henry said he could sense the Wallabies' hunger for revenge in the fourth tie on October 30.

"There's never any dead rubbers between the All Blacks and the Wallabies, they're always big games," he told reporters.

"We have had a good winning run against the Wallabies but they have a huge desire to knock us off and you can see that in their eyes. It's going to be a hell of a big Test match."

In a match that Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill has described as a likely preview of next year's World Cup final, Henry said New Zealand wanted to make a statement and extend their recent dominance.

"Ten games goes back to 2008, it's a long time," he said. "What you can say at some stage they are going to win, we just hope it is not any time soon."

Australia's young side almost made the breakthrough in Sydney last month, going down 23-22 in a last gasp defeat that left Wallabies' fans complaining of a psychological barrier against the vastly experienced New Zealanders.

"That talk hasn't come from us," Henry said. "It's come from the Wallaby camp I think. We just need to get up there and do the business."

In a major boost for New Zealand, Henry said star flyhalf Dan Carter was likely to start in Hong Kong after two months on the sidelines following ankle surgery.

"We're hopeful, he's making positive progress," the coach said.

He will also have the option of throwing rugby league convert Sonny Bill Williams into the fray after fast-tracking the giant back's entry into the All Blacks after just a few games playing provincial rugby in New Zealand.

"He's a big person, he's obviously very strong, he's got the ability to offload well in a contact situation, so he might add an extra dimension there," he said.

After sweeping all before them this year, New Zealand have inevitably faced questions about whether they are peaking too early for the World Cup, after transforming from favourite to flop in the past three tournaments.

Henry said there would be no repeat of the 2007 order to rest players from the Super 14 tournament that was blamed for key players appearing ill prepared at the last World Cup.

With the Bledisloe Cup already decided, ticket sales for the Hong Kong game have been sluggish, although organisers are hoping for a last-minute rush of interest.

Henry said the All Blacks were intent on putting on a show for those who do turn up.

"I hope that we can play a style that we are pleased about and that people enjoy the spectacle," he said.


  • #1 AB Supporter - 2010-10-19 09:59

    What a humble man, The Aussies are a great outfit and need to be taken very seriously. This will be the match of the season and i trust the Mighty All Blacks will pull it off... Go All Blacks...Thanks Paddy

  • MJ - 2010-10-19 11:10

    The Aussies are a great side, but in the last game NZ was fielding several experimental players and didn't have Dan Carter to murder the ozzies in the restart. They still won. With DC back and a full strength team fielded (plus chance for the SBW show), it's hard to believe that this Aussie challenge could possibly be as threatening as the last one. Though anything is possible and nothing can be taken for granted against a fuming and embarassed Australia. But my bet is AB's win by 10+

  • jvr - 2010-10-19 11:11

    gggeezzz - dont you guys get bored playing each other and have to cough up the same useless story all the time - only 5 countries that can actually play rugby - and still we think it is a "world game"

  • Dean - 2010-10-19 12:39

    "In a match that Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill has described as a likely preview of next year's World Cup final" !!!!!!! What a laugh - honestly, they really do think too much of themselves, these ozzies! And frankly, no one gives a rats about this fabricated game these two have come up with to try and swell the coffers. With the wallabies recent track record (no 3N titles for nearly 10 years, no Bledisloe for the same, no S14 titles - and 10 straight losses to the ABs) - this looks like a total mismatch - they are kidding themselves. And re. next years WC final, I would say a France-Springbok matchup is more likely...

  • Joe - 2010-10-19 12:54

    Rugby union will always be a world game and it is gaining in popularity...Why??...Football is just sooooooo bloody boring man.

  • Joe - 2010-10-19 13:42

    I do hope for the All Blacks sake the win the world cup.Playing at home and all but if you ask me,they will be even under more pressure this time around because they are at home.Having cracked time and again under less pressure,I can only think of one thing that will happen.France-Springbok final,yip,I can see that one!Go Bokke!!

  • Steve - 2010-10-19 13:54

    @Dean 2010/10/19 12:39 PM. How is SA going to get to the final. They need to win Wales to end on top, which is gonna be a steep target, then they either have to play Aus or Ireland. And then they have to beat NZ or french, so this is not 2007, where they had the easy path and other team doing them favours. My advice is, focus on the bokke, and hope that they beat at least Wales. Fiji and Samoa, We all know what Samoa can do to SA flyhalf. The All Black will be in the final.

  • @Steve - 2010-10-19 14:59

    Agreed. SA was very lucky in the 2007 World Cup! Very very lucky.

  • Pie - 2010-10-19 16:39

    It is not South Africa's fault if the big name teams crack under pressure in world cups.If South Africa had to play the other teams,South Africa would have made them crack too.Big teams cracked therefore the Boks had an easy run.Who's fault is it really?

  • NZKiwi - 2010-10-20 01:10

    Should be a very close game. the Aussie front row has been their weakness but they have thier first choice front row of (robinson, Moore and Alexander) back for the first time this year. I think his will go either way and will be very close, should be a great game.

  • chopper - 2010-10-20 08:13

    Dean you monkey brain.... hahahaha

  • Nono @ Dean - 2010-10-20 09:48

    Mate, Please dont have any kids,it would be a crying shame if you had kids and they are just as dumb as you. Just last year the boks were top of the rankings, but with all the little clowns running around like headless chickens they have decended and if they dont watch out the will be lower than Tonga that nearly beat them in the last WC. All i can say is that sa will have there but kicked when they travel to the north. Go All Blacks...Thanks Paddy

  • Joe - 2010-10-20 11:13

    Yeah yeah....Easy to have a big mouth now but all the Kiwis are praying that they don't meet the Boks in the semi final.Knowing how the All Blacks crack when pushed a little out of their comfort zone....I see NZ riots.

  • Dean - 2010-10-20 11:47

    Mmm - check out the silly insults - you still missing the point - the wallabies are the only one of the 3N teams that have not won ANYTHING for nearly a decade. Historically their record against the ABs is woeful, and it has gotten worse in the last 5 years - therefore this upcoming match is a mismatch, a nothing game, nothing to play for. And honestly, Steve, what a joker! You saying the Boks won't even get through their group! Shame, stick to something you know you goose. NEWSFLASH - the All Blacks have not come close to winning a world cup since the last century - people have reason to doubt them. The Springboks are the current world champions - something that seems to elude you pinheads. Oh, thats right, they were 'lucky'...good grief...

  • roc - 2010-10-21 08:20

    It will take for the bokke 5 years to recover from the pain of 2010 we all kiwi wish that you guys are in our pool so we can kick your candy asses again and again hahahahaha....

  • Peter - 2010-10-21 10:20

    Can't wait to see the AB's crack again!I wonder where they will crack this time?QF again?Hey,they might even make it to the semi this time!1 world cup final since 1983!Man...You are gonna crack again!!

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