Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

NZ Motivated by Respect for Aussies

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

NZ Motivated by Respect for Aussies

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SUPERSTAR five-eighth Dan Carter has revealed the All Blacks' great respect for the Wallabies as the driving motivation behind their relentless Bledisloe Cup domination.

Carter says he cannot believe the All Blacks are on the verge of retaining New Zealand's most cherished silverware for an eighth consecutive year with a ninth successive victory over Australia, a winning streak not achieved since 1947.

But the brilliant playmaker said gloating was taboo in the All Blacks ranks.

The fear of failure helped the world's top-ranked team keep a step ahead of the chasing pack.

C[pounds sterling]It's not something we really think about or talk about, to be honest,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]We really love playing the Wallabies. They're really tough opponents to come up against and we don't really see it as being that dominant.

C[pounds sterling]Obviously we're very happy with our success we've had over them the last couple of years, but I think it's just due to hard work and we're getting our rewards. …

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