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McCaw's ton of satisfaction

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Sportal.co.nz     25 Sep 2011     Getty Images

After leading his team to a 37-17 win over France in their Rugby World Cup pool game at Eden Park on Saturday, McCaw was presented with a special cap marking his feat.

It was presented to him by former New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and All Black Jock Hobbs.

Hobbs had to resign his position on the NZRU and the tournament organising committee after being diagnosed with leukemia. His appearance at Eden Park was his first public appearance since his resignation.

McCaw said he had a 'huge amount of respect' for Hobbs and to receive his cap from him was a special honour.

"No-one did more to secure the hosting of the Rugby World Cup for New Zealand than Jock Hobbs. He's been through a rough time and to have him there today was a special thing," he said.

McCaw said the main concern he had about the day was ensuring the side got the win and to perform at the same level as he had in all his other Tests.

"You don't want to get out there and not perform," he said.

"It's hard to think too much about personal milestones in a tournament like this," he said.

McCaw felt there were some issues with the scrum in the game. It had worked well for 60 minutes and then referee Alain Rolland seemed to find fault with prop Tony Woodcock, penalising him during the last 20 minutes.

"I thought early on we scrummed really well and got good ball. It was a pity we couldn't do it for longer and I know Tony was very frustrated about the last 20 minutes," he said.