Working on mental test against ABs
WALLABIES players are doing whatever they can to forget the horror 0- 26 run against Kiwi sides in Super Rugby this year as they prepare to face the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup.
No Wallaby squad member has tasted victory over a Kiwi this year in a worrying statistic as they aim to end a 14- year Bledisloe series losing streak.
But prop Alan Alaalatoa said the group was working to overcome the mental hurdles that came with losing all 26 matches to trans- Tasman foes in 2017.
“I believe there are, especially after the Super Rugby performance that’s been going on, you just have to mentally put that all aside,” Alaalatoa said. “When you come out against them, you just have to give it your all, I believe.’’
A punishing Wallabies fitness regimen devised by coach Michael Cheika is the key towards developing the mental toughness required for the challenge on August 19 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.
“I only came in the last two sessions and I felt I was there the whole week, for me physically it was, and it was a good test for me mentally,” said Alaalatoa, who along with Brumbies players arrived late to camp after featuring in the Super Rugby quarter- finals.