Tuesday, August 21, 2012

All Blacks vow no repeat of Irish scare


David Long August 21, 2012

If the All Blacks need a reminder about being overconfident going into a second Test of a series, they only need think back a couple of months to their great escape against Ireland in Christchurch. Having convincingly beaten Ireland 41-10 in the first Test in June, they were expected to steamroll them again in the second.

However, complacency, bad attitude and ordinary execution led to Steve Hansen's side getting the fright of their lives, needing a last-gasp drop goal from Dan Carter to sneak a 19-16 win. Like Ireland, few would be predicting a win for Australia in their second Test in as many weeks against the All Blacks, especially at Eden Park where the Wallabies haven't won since 1986.

Hooker Keven Mealamu says there is no excuse for the team to suffer from second Test syndrome again. ''That was a big learning point for us,'' Mealamu said. ''It doesn't matter who you're playing against, you've got to make sure you prepare well. If you don't do that, then that's the difference I reckon.''

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