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McCaw: Tries will come

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Sportal.co.nz     09 Sep 2009     Getty Images

The All Blacks have a chance to get one back on South Africa this weekend in Hamilton when they meet in a momentous clash but will have to beat it as well as Australia in Wellington the following week to hold onto the Tri Nations trophy.

So far this year the All Blacks have been forgettable, particularly in their consecutive losses to the Springboks in South Africa, but after watching the Wallabies beat the world champions 21-6 in Brisbane last weekend, New Zealand has the chance to redeem itself.

To retain the title however, the All Blacks must score at least four tries in one of their wins, a lot more than they have so far this season, but McCaw said the tries should come if New Zealand makes the most of its opportunities.

"There hasn't been a huge amount of tries scored on the Tri Nations so you've got to take the opportunities that are there," he said.

"That's perhaps the disappointing part [of the South Africa games], is that we didn't take them in any of those games, then the pressure built and we ended up chasing the games.

"You've really got to make every opportunity stick so I'm not so worries about how many tries we actually score, it's a bout the opportunities we create and taking them.

"I'd like us to score lots of tries but the reality is that these teams aren't bad that we're playing against, so you've got to take every one you get."

McCaw is not expecting a fatigued or under-performing Springboks side to take the park on Saturday night either, and knows he and his teammates will have to be at 100 percent for the Test.

McCaw said the preparation so far has been ideal and it is now a case of continuing the hard work and putting it into play on Saturday night.

"I think the two days of training have been pretty good, but as is always the case it doesn't mean that Saturday's going to be just fine," he said.

"We have to make sure that the rest of the week we do well and take that into the game.

"I definitely don't think they [Springboks] were as up to the game last weekend as they were the week before but I'm certain that they'll have it sorted.

"It's the last game for a while for them this Saturday but the Wallabies were desperate, you could see that, and got stuck into them to cause mistakes.

"I think it's a lesson to us, it shows that if you put them under pressure they'll make mistakes just like anyone else."