Humble All Blacks approach Europe with caution
James Mortimer 20 Oct 2013 Getty Images
With four Test matches to round out their season in the Air New Zealand End of Year tour – playing Japan, France, England and Ireland – a whitewash would mean the All Blacks would become the first nation in the professional era to have complete a conquered calendar.
This season has had a little hint of Groundhog Day about it but so far the All Blacks have been able to counter recent history.
They overcame was could have been a potential banana skin match against the Wallabies, with their 41-33 win consigning the 18-18 draw in Brisbane in 2012 to the history books.
But despite that Suncorp Stadium draw the All Blacks still could have closed out 2012 without a loss, but England producing a rampaging performance to hand Steve Hansen what remains his only reverse as New Zealand coach.
This is still clearly fresh on the All Blacks mind, who said they were far from being as good as some were tagging them.
"I don't think we've get any right to go around thumping our chests saying that we're unbeatable," Hansen said.
"We'll get our feet back on the ground and stay humble and keep working hard.
"We realise that if we don't, then others will come past us. That's not what we want."
While Hansen was happy with the results against the Wallabies, he pinpointed the set piece and defence as areas to improve upon.
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