NEW Zealand captain Richie McCaw feels that tomorrowâ€™s clash against the Springboks at Newlands will be the ultimate yardstick of how far this new All Black team have progressed since the World Cup.
The All Blacks have been going about their preparations for the Tri-Nations encounter (Zim time 15:00) against the Boks tomorrow, a match that will have a large bearing on the outcome of the tournament.
The Kiwis face the Boks for the last time this season, and will be keen to set the record straight after they were famously beaten 28-30 in Dunedin last month, when Peter de Villiersâ€™ side clinched a first-ever Test win at the infamous â€˜House of Painâ€™ at Carisbrook.
The All Blacks struggled in their following match, and were on the receiving end of a 34-19 drubbing by Australia in Sydney.
But the talismanic McCaw showed his full worth when the made his comeback from injury a week later in Auckland to inspire his All Black team to a mighty performance and a 39-10 rout of the Wallabies.
The flank missed New Zealandâ€™s first three Tri-Nations matches through injury, and admitted that it was very frustrating for him to be unable to influence matters on the field.
“Itâ€™s nice to get the chance to play here (at Newlands),” McCaw said. “Itâ€™s always tough watching the first couple of games (from the sidelines). but it (All Blacks Tri-Nations results), could have been worse too.
“I think for this All Black team, having had two wins and two losses, this is a game that we really have to put a performance together.
“Weâ€™re going to be up against a pretty good team, but if we put a good performance together, weâ€™ll give ourselves a chance.
“Weâ€™ll back ourselves as a team on the whole, but we have to back-up our performance that we had two weeks ago. Thatâ€™s going to be a real indicator of where this team is at.” â€“â€“ rugby365.com