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Indeed, McCaw wrote that he was almost surprised that the same confidence and focus that was within the camp wasn’t being shared by the country, as the All Blacks looked to win the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time since 1987.
This apprehension seemed to invigorate the Wallabies, who despite their pool play loss to Ireland, were talking the talk after their win in Brisbane against the All Blacks which secured them that year’s Tri Nations trophy.
McCaw said that he was pleased to hear about his trans-Tasman rival’s assuredness.
“We heard during the week that the Aussie camp was pretty confident,” McCaw wrote in the recently released book written with Greg McGee and published by Hodder Moa.
“I'm not sure where the information came from but there are people in and out of the teams' hotels all the time, and secrets are hard to keep. However accurate the rumour was, it was great to hear they were confident.”
“I don't go along with most people who say the Wallabies are more dangerous when they are confident. I reckon they're more vulnerable.”
McCaw said that he wondered if the Wallabies had checked to see how confident the All Blacks were, as he felt that it was one of the finest New Zealand teams he had been involved with.
“I don't know whether the Aussies heard any rumours about us, but if they'd heard the truth, they would have been alarmed,” McCaw wrote.
“That was the best prepared All Black team I've ever been part of. I knew the Aussies were going to get it.”
Despite the scoreline never blowing out, McCaw said that he felt the Wallabies had in a sense already beaten themselves early in the match.
“As early as the 20-minute mark, I could see the inevitability in their eyes. They knew this day wasn't going to go that good for them,” he said.
“James Horwill had won the toss and chose to kick off, to put pressure on us. Which Quade immediately blew by kicking it out on the full.”