Wil­son, McCaw: Hop­ing for a closer game

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It might have brought im­mense sat­is­fac­tion to most New Zealand fans to see the Wal­la­bies cop a hid­ing but a cou­ple of All Blacks greats hope for a bet­ter con­test in Wellington tonight for the sake of world rugby. The All Blacks ham­mered Aus­tralia 42-8 in a one-sided con­test in Syd­ney last week­end and ex­pec­ta­tions are they will win eas­ily against to­mor­row night at West­pac Sta­dium. The TAB cer­tainly feel that way, pric­ing them as $1.07 favourites the low­est pay-out for an All Blacks Bledis­loe Cup win in the TAB’s 20year sports bet­ting his­tory. For­mer All Blacks wing Jeff Wil­son told Ra­dio Sport’s D’Arcy Walde­grave he was “dis­ap­pointed” in what he saw in Sat­ur­day’s test and hopes for bet­ter to­day.

“I like con­tests, but that wasn’t a con­test. It was an un­be­liev­able per­for­mance from the All Blacks but just as un­be­liev­able from the Wal­la­bies how poor they were given they had a month to pre­pare. It’s a view echoed by for­mer All Blacks cap­tain Richie McCaw.

“I hope that it is a bit closer, be­cause you don’t want to see big one-sided re­sults for the top teams,” McCaw told the Guardian. “I don’t think that’s healthy for South­ern Hemi­sphere rugby, or for world rugby. “But I can say that now I’m no longer play­ing. As a player that’s the last thing you want to hear, bloody id­iots like me spout­ing on like that.” McCaw led the All Blacks to last year’s World Cup, the first time a coun­try had de­fended the ti­tle and first time New Zealand had won away from home, and was one of a num­ber of high pro­file play­ers who re­tired from in­ter­na­tional rugby at the end of the tour­na­ment. They have lost only three games since Steve Hansen took over in 2012. “Ev­ery op­por­tu­nity they got, they nailed,” McCaw said. NZ Herald

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