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AllBlacks hookers short on Wallaby respect

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James Mortimer     13 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Polota-Nau has often played the part of the diplomat to perfection when talking about Andrew Hore or Keven Mealamu, bucking the trend of Wallabies talking themselves up prior to All Blacks clashes.

However this time around the NSW rake said that it was important to make sure he didn't give his opponents to much credit.

"Both Andrew and Keven, they're world-class athletes. You have to respect them but, during the game, you've got to make sure you throw that out the window," he said.

Many sides over the years have tried different methods to try and diminish the All Blacks aura, and Polota-Nau said that it was important to remember that his rivals were not unbeatable.

"I think there have been times when you give them too much respect and let them get the better of you," he said.

While the Waratahs hooker might not have had the best season with his Super Rugby franchise, he said his sacraficial attitude was something that the whole team had coming into this weekend.

"I've said to my team-mates I would probably even take a bullet for the guys and that's the attitude everyone takes in as well which is great," he said.