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With the Bledisloe Cup wrapped up for the tenth straight year, the All Blacks will now turn their attention towards winning the overall tournament, although their skipper said it wasn’t the best performance.
“Not perfect, but we’ll take it,” McCaw said of the 22-0 victory.
“(We’ve got) the Bledisloe Cup for another year.”
While McCaw lauded his troops, he said that the All Blacks win was defined by how they measured up in defence.
“Very proud with the way the guys did their work,” McCaw said,
“I thought we showed what we were made of when we didn't have the ball.”
While there was plenty of focus on the return of Quade Cooper for the Wallabies, McCaw said that the All Blacks had targeted them as threats, and said that the World Champions had worked hard to make sure they were taken out of the game.
“With guys like Will and Quade, they are top footballers. If you allow them room they can be pretty dangerous,” McCaw said.
“You got to have good mindset, get up and knock them over.”
“I thought there was a period there were we defended our line well and got the turnovers. I think you get into trouble if you attempt to create turnovers from nothing.