Work­ing on men­tal test against ABs

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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