No resting on laurels for World Champion
James Mortimer 30 Sep 2012 Getty Images
New Zealand are unbeaten in eight tests this year, and delivered a performance that had the All Blacks wearing looks of satisfaction that haven't really been in place all of The Investec Rugby Championship, with the side as always their own harshest critics.
McCaw, a firm believer in adding a bit of style to the winning substance, said that the team wanted to live up to their tag, and play as a World Championship team.
"The goal is to put last year behind us but we've got the tag of world champions and we want to play like that," McCaw said.
"To secure the Rugby Championship this year was a big goal and it's nice to be able to do that but I think a better performance is what the guys are pretty happy with.
It wasn't the final margin, but rather the manner in which everything fell into place for the team which made the skipper, who registered his 99th test win, happy.
"Rather than scoreboard-wise, it was the manner in which we did it was satisfying."
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who said his team had plenty of improvememt required coming into this match despite going unbeaten so far in 2012, said that the key to the performance was making sure that their training performances translated onto the test arena.
"We trained all week to do things with purpose, accuracy and execution and by a large we succeeded in doing that"," Hansen said.
Registering the four try bonus point at halftime effectively wrapped up The Investec Rugby Championship for the All Blacks, following on from the Springboks 31-8 victory, meaning that the championships first two 'offensive' bonus points have been awarded.
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