Wednesday 18 October 2017

Richie McCaw: All Blacks must up our game

Richie McCaw of New Zealand. Photo: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images
Richie McCaw of New Zealand. Photo: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

There will be no excuses if New Zealand fail to raise their game in the Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Georgia, captain Richie McCaw said yesterday.

The defending champions beat Argentina 26-16 and Namibia 58-14 in their first two games but failed to produce their usual slick rugby and they are keen to put that right against Georgia.

“Performance-wise, we need to take a step up,” McCaw  (right) said.

“We have all had a run in the first two games so there are no excuses for not being ready to go.”

Coach Steve Hansen has rotated the squad to keep his players fresh.

“When you haven’t played for a while there is always a bit if rustiness,” McCaw said.

“You don’t like to use it as an excuse but I think that was what let us down last week against Namibia. The guys were trying hard but were making some crucial mistakes. You can’t afford to let that happen.”

The All Blacks are facing Georgia for the first time.

“I don’t think you need to be playing against a side like Georgia to keep you fresh.”

New Zealand v Georgia, live TV3, 8pm

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