Sydney - Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa says they’ll need perfection
to beat the All Blacks, as much in their mindset as anywhere else.
Alaalatoa, along with the rest of the Brumbies contingent,
arrived in the Wallabies’ Newcastle camp on Thursday, but that was enough to
feel the levels rising, he said.
“I only came in the last two sessions and I felt I was there
the whole week. For me physically it was and it was a good test for me
mentally,” he told the Australian Rugby Union's official website.
“When you come down to those moments and you think the training
session’s over but you’ve got another fitness drill, it’s just all about
pushing yourself mentally and trying to be comfortable in an uncomfortable
Alaalatoa said the Wallabies would need a near-flawless
performance to topple the All Blacks in just under three weeks’ time, and that
included owning the psychological aspect of the clash.
“ It’s very important for us, especially going up against
the All Blacks where you need to be perfect almost to win against them,” he
“That mental aspect of the game is really important and I
think these training sessions are helping us build towards that, when you’re
under fatigue and you try to pick yourself up to go another round and just to
push yourself mentally is probably just as important as pushing yourself
Alaalatoa is one of the leaders of the next generation of
Wallabies, shaping as a key pillar in the build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup
after a breakout Super Rugby season.
Regular starts for the Brumbies and Wallabies have armed him
with more confidence heading into another Test camp.
“Last year and the years before I’ve been coming off the
bench so to be able to get that consistent starting spot, it’s been a huge
experience for myself,” he added.
“That’s what I truly believe once you get all that game time
that’s the only way you’re going to learn and adapt on the run so it’s been
“I think when you look around there’s a lot of young players
there and we are looking to build towards that campaign.
“Obviously first and foremost to make that you have to build
in little steps and this Bledisloe’s one of those steps that you need to
The forwards battle will be critical in the opening clash
and it’s the Brumbies who have provided much of the grunt from that aspect
during the Super Rugby season, as well as the experience of playing finals
Lock Rory Arnold said that intensity would need to be taken
up another level for the opening trans-Tasman clash, with Brodie Retallick and
Sam Whitelock on the opposite side.
“We know if we want to dominate up front we’ve got to at
those blokes, so we’re going to have to be at our best, the second rowers to
take those blokes on.”
The Wallabies will train in state-based camps until
Wednesday, before a revised 33-man squad convenes in Cessnock, in the Hunter