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Shut down the halves and you win says McCaw

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James Mortimer     26 Jul 2013     Getty Images

As a consequence, Quade Cooper and Will Genia had little influence on the match.

Genia, rated in some quarters as the best number nine in the business, had probably his quietest match this year, and most key Wallabies, including captain James Horwill, were unable to dictate terms.

In comparison All Blacks like Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Dan Carter thrived, while McCaw, the 116-Test veteran, was only required for 15 minutes action towards the end.

McCaw is slowly making his comeback before it is expected that All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen will not only name him captain, but ensure he starts in the first Test in Sydney on August 17.

The All Blacks captain said to Fox Sports McKenzie had a little more to think about.

"I don't know what he'd be thinking but he's got more time to worry about that now," he said.

Making it no secret that they intended to shut down Cooper and Genia, the Chiefs will be on notice for Aaron Cruden is likely to be a heavy target this weekend.

"No matter how good your No.9 and No.10 are," McCaw said,

"If you can't get go-forward ball or ball they can play with, it's pretty hard for them to show their skills.

"That's where we dictated. We shut down any good ball they got and eliminated their effect."