All Blacks 'are only human'

2011-09-30 09:32

Wellington - As massive a challenge New Zealand pose in their final pool match at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday, Canada would just have to remind themselves that the All Blacks were only human, according to captain Pat Riordan.

The All Blacks have scored more than 60 points against Canada in each of their last three matches, but Riordan said it was imperative his side were not overawed at Wellington Regional Stadium.

"The biggest thing was getting over the mental hurdle of them being a team that, as long as you've played rugby, you've known about them and how good they are," the hooker told reporters in Wellington of lessons from playing the All Blacks in 2007.

"But playing them in the game you realise they are human and they go down (in the tackle) just the same (so) ... you've got to approach it just like every other game."

"It's a memory we're all going to have for a long time, so the onus on us is to make it a good memory."

Canada are in prime position to finish third ahead of Tonga in the group and secure automatic qualification for the 2015 World Cup, having beaten the Pacific islanders and drawn with Japan.

They were also competitive against France before leaking three late tries to lose 46-19 in Napier.

"I think our performances against Tonga and France were pretty damn good," coach Kieran Crowley said.

"France, we gave away 23 points in the last five minutes of both halves, maybe through fatigue, I dont know.

"I think we've made massive improvement (and)... as far as how we've gone, I'm quite pleased."


  • AndrewFletcherCole - 2011-09-30 11:08

    Come on Canada!

  • jacques - 2011-09-30 11:27

    It will be like an ant trying to fight an elephant!

  • Rudolph Raath - 2011-09-30 12:21

    to the administrator(s) of sport24, please please please, if you have any sense of patriotism, remove Clark Kent, Maori, Johnny-BB and the other Springbok-Haters' accounts! All the talk from various media sources saying get behind the boks, so come on, do your bit and remove the haters!

      Kapa O Pango - 2011-09-30 12:47

      They should name you Rudolph "RAT"

      Maori - 2011-09-30 12:55

      Rudolph the rat - please go back to work-

      Lance - 2011-09-30 15:51

      No, I enjoy seeing them spew fearful words about the Mighty Boks :-)

      Shadowfax - 2011-09-30 16:12

      Rudolf consider this: Everyone (well nearly everyone) loves Namibia because they are not a threat to anyone. But some people hate the bokke because they are simply awesome and they stand in the way of the team they support from the country they have never been to. So for me. The more they hate us, the better I know we are.

      AA - 2011-09-30 17:30

      Ag Rudolph never mind about them. They are just like fearful little children with no other place to go. They come here because they fear and respect the Boks.

  • AA - 2011-09-30 17:28

    Go Cannucks Go !!!!

      rockster666 - 2011-10-01 01:30

      Yep follow the Boks home

  • Bluffbandit - 2011-10-01 01:13

    Go Cannucks, play like the boks played yesterday, and you will soften those Maoris "warriors" up easily.. they dont play cleanly, and when the resort to violence, they cant take the heat.. wankers

      rockster666 - 2011-10-01 01:37

      @ Bluffbandit yeah right the Boks been trying to soften the ABS for many year and they still can't do it.

  • Bluffbandit - 2011-10-01 05:07

    Kiwis got the easy route to the finals Roskster666, you cant deny that.. Samoans, well they outplayed themselves, but lost fair and square agaist the mighty Boks. Moaners had disallowed try, we did to in that case.. However, with Kieran Read out for the Canadian game, the Kiwis got very few pickings.. Running out of Islanders to chose from.. can see the Sa"moaners" learnt there niggling skills from Fitzpartick, the greatest niggler of alltime..

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