Read dismisses ‘dead rubber’ claims
New Zealand skipper Kieran Read has dismissed claims that his side will lack motivation when they take on Australia in Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.
The Wallabies last won the Bledisloe Cup in 2002 and after the All Blacks were triumphant in Sydney and Dunedin earlier this year, they will hold on to the trophy for the 15th successive year, which means this weekend’s clash is effectively a dead rubber.
But Read said motivation is typically high with pride being at stake as well as a desire to put together a performance that says what his All Blacks side are all about.
He believes that any Test that features New Zealand and Australia will ensure minds are focused and attitudes are right.
“We know it is going to be a really tough game,” Read told the New Zealand Herald.
“They are a lot more polished than when they started the year. They have got talent. There is no doubt about that. And they can certainly put it together as a full team at the moment. They are really hungry I guess their motivation is high.