Time for the All Blacks to really make the world take notice
James Mortimer 16 Oct 2013 Getty Images
Head coach Steve Hansen said that after their brilliant Ellis Park win that the team was getting plenty of 'pats on the back', but the fuzzy glow that surrounds the team will lose plenty of shine if the Wallabies become the first side since the Springboks in 2009 to win on New Zealand soil.
That proud record, and the memory of a flat 18-18 draw against the Wallabies last year, is motivation enough.
But despite the Wallabies struggling this year, they are a team that lives and dies on confidence, and the All Blacks will not be keen to help in this department.
With 15 straight wins against Australia at home (stretching back to 2001), and six matches without defeat, the World Champions are well aware that the only blemish in those last six was in Brisbane last year.
Hansen is not one to bask in any glory, no matter how well deserved, so he was keen to get his troops back to show the world who was boss.
"This team needs this game," he said.
"This is an ideal game for us because if we want to make statements then this is an opportunity.
"We've come off a great win, everyone has given us a big pat on the back, and we've got two choices.
"Either be like pigs in the mud and roll in it and say how good we are, or we can get back to work and say we're better than that and we want to improve our game.
"That seems to be the attitude within the group."
"The key message is we've got to progress from where we were in our last performance. If we sit and be comfortable, then someone is going to come screaming past us."
Most popular News:
Greg Smith appointed Black Ferns Head Coach23.Dec.2014
Wayne Smith to re-join All Blacks coaching staff for 201522.Dec.2014
All Blacks selection round table: The loose forwards21.Dec.2014
Black Ferns gain automatic qualification into 2017 World Cup20.Dec.2014
Reds confirm Ballymore pre-season against Crusaders20.Dec.2014
Barbarians confirm 125th birthday clash with Argentina19.Dec.2014