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Wallabies indifferent to All Blacks' attempt at record consecutive wins

''You don’t need any more motivation than that big Bledisloe Cup": Nic White.

''You don’t need any more motivation than that big Bledisloe Cup": Nic White. Photo: Getty Images

All Blacks historians may have a blank page open in anticipation that the world's No.1 ranked team will provide a record 18th consecutive Test win to document when they play the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium at Homebush on Saturday night.

No doubt, if the All Blacks do win and create a record run of Test success for a top tier rugby nation, it will be a feat worthy of congratulation.

But in the meantime, the Wallabies have not given the prospect a passing thought as they embark on winning back the Bledisloe Cup from the Kiwis – not even if victory by them on Saturday would rob their trans-Tasman rivals of their historic moment.

As Wallabies half-back Nic White said of the prospect on Thursday, as the Bledisloe Cup that the Wallabies last held in 2002 sat on public display at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay: ''[We are] not really thinking about that at the moment.

''There is a big cup there in thought process a long way before consecutive wins.''

As far as White and the Wallabies are concerned, Saturday's Test is ''about putting some pride back in the [Wallabies] jersey and doing our best to win that Cup back.''

''You don’t need any more motivation than that big Bledisloe Cup,'' he said.

''If you need any more than that … I don't know what you are doing.''

Wallabies inside-centre Matt Toomua said he did not even know about the All Blacks' record bid until just before Thursday's public meet and greet at Circular Quay.

''No ... not really,'' he said when asked if the opportunity to stop the All Blacks writing another chapter of rugby history was some motivation.

''I honestly wasn't too aware of it before. It is clearly an impressive statistic, but the fact I just found out about it … we haven't spoken about it this week.

''I guess they will take a bit of motivation out of it, as you would.

''But we are focusing on our personal goals, our own milestones in a sense, too.''

3 comments so far

  • There is a lot of pressure on the all blacks and in particular Sir Ritchie the saint who is apparently seeking redemption for single handily losing the super rugby final. Then we have the usual expectations fuelled by the NZ media who as always have a sharpened knife at the ready should they lose. Especially this one.

    Commenter
    Reg
    Location
    Jervis Bay
    Date and time
    August 15, 2014, 6:52AM
    • The ABs have a great culture in that they always want to improve and be ahead of the game and their competitors in general. This consistently puts pressure on them. They continue to bring pride to the black jumper and in NZ the jumper is sacred. Like many AB fans I feel failure is accepted now as long as they learn from it and get better. I see the Wallabies as finally getting back to a similar culture. They are definitely on their way up with their winning streak and having players participating as a team and not as talented individuals is helping. Also finally 'some' depth. Think ABs will still win but great to see confidence and belief creeping back into the wallabies team.

      Commenter
      Jo
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 11:04AM
      • Most of the All Blacks have had a few weeks off so they will be nice and fresh and raring to go. I think they will be better than they were against England.

        Its going to be a tough ask for the Aussies, but fingers crossed they can pull of an upset ;-)

        Commenter
        Lroy
        Date and time
        August 15, 2014, 1:59PM

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