'Bigger challenge awaits us'

2010-07-14 09:48

Adnaan Mohamed

Wellington – The All Black captain Richie McCaw believes that their challenge is going to be bigger when they take on the Springboks in the second Tri-Nations Test at the Westpac-stadium on Saturday.

The All Blacks waited 301 days to avenge their defeat at the hands of the Springboks in Hamilton last year. Now they only have seven days before they tackle the Tri-Nations champions again on Saturday.

McCaw believes it’s completely different dynamics.

“The reality is that the team we are going to play against is going to be so much better this week.  There is no doubt about that,” he said at the All Black hotel on Tuesday.

“The challenge is that because things went well we don’t expect things to be the same this week.  There will be periods in the game that will be harder than last week.

“But we will make sure we have the same intensity.  The good thing about last week is that we were all on the same page. We knew what we were doing and we executed pretty well. There is absolutely no reason why we can’t repeat that performance.
The All Black captain says it’s easy to do it once but it is more difficult to do it week after week.

“I have been in Super 14 teams where you to try to keep the intensity levels up. You have expectations from yourself and from the team.

It’s easier when you are under pressure to perform once. But regardless of what happens you have to go out there and do it again.

He believes the difference between the two top sides in the world is very small. 

“The team that can do the job consistently is the one that can stay at the top the longest.  It is also important for the team and not individuals to play well every week.”

McCaw says the senior players and the coaches have open debates on how they can improve their performance.

“We are certainly not being told all the time what we need to do. Once we’ve made a decision we go on to do it. There is not one person that has to do everything. The responsibility remains shared. 

“There are still bits and pieces that we need to work on that didn’t go our way last week.  The key will be to keep the intensity the same and not let it slip.  We also need to tweak a few things to make us even better. We can’t allow ourselves to slip from the benchmark we set last week,” warned.


  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-14 09:57

    "Bigger Challenge Awaits Us" ???, Oh no, don't tell me P.Div's quitting as coach, damn it I say damn it, the Boks might start playing

  • PDV-Hater - 2010-07-14 10:07

    GO ALL BLACKS..!! ...GO KIWIS..!!

  • JC - 2010-07-14 10:38

    As long as the Bok's have a half-wit at scrumhalf, it is just so much easier for the AB's. When will this fact eventually penetrate the monumental ego of Div? If you want to run with players of colour, go with Aplon at wing in place of Jean de Villiers, who is simply not suited to this position, but please put in a quality scrumhalf.

  • All Blacks. - 2010-07-14 10:39

    Give them another one up the butt All Blacks.!!

  • easy - 2010-07-14 10:45 is easy to outsmart our quota coach...

  • EL_Diablo - 2010-07-14 10:56

    Bokke are gonna kill the All-Blacks this weekend

  • Kaballas - 2010-07-14 11:08

    Facts:- 1. We have better players than the All Blacks . 2. This means we are doing something wrong tactically . 3. Stormers won all 5 their games against the New Zealand S14 teams . 4. Should Snorre not therefore realize that the Bullish (excuse the pun) kick and chase crap is outdated and that with the new rule changes it is becoming clear that the next world cup will be won by attack and not defense?? What says you all?

  • Bokke - 2010-07-14 11:16

    To "All Blacks." Trust you to talk and think about "giving another dude up the butt". Explains alot. Win or lose, youre still ho mo.

  • Bokke - 2010-07-14 11:17

    To "All Blacks." Trust you to talk and think about "giving another dude up the butt". Explains alot. Win or lose, youre still ho mo.

  • Tony - 2010-07-14 11:35

    Naai the sheep shaggers!!!

  • @EL_Diablo - 2010-07-14 11:46

    You have rocks in your head like Bakkies.The All Blacks will by 10!! PS Did you not say that last weak and look what happend 32-12 to the NO:1 team in thw world (ALL BLACKS)hahahahaha

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-16 11:08

    @Kaballas, "better players"????, you've just witnessed a thrashing from our B team, I look forward to Hosea, Dagg, Ranger, Williams etc etc, yeah bro, I agree- faster, stronger and fitter (80 minutes of DOMINANCE), not even your 23rd player Suzie can save you

  • crippled boks fan!! - 2010-07-16 15:22

    januarie must just remeber the KY jellie. its going to be bad on saterday again. Well done to the men in black

  • Seasoned Warrior - 2010-07-16 18:20

    All you All Black Skunks out there get ready to be silenced. Throw all you skunks in a washing machine for a good wash and then a little bit of Vim to sanitise your breath. Lets talk after the game.

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