McCaw demands NZ bounce back
New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw has demanded a positive reaction from his side when they face England on Saturday after their long unbeaten run came to a dramatic end against Australia in Hong Kong.
The All Blacks went into the final Bledisloe Cup game of the year on the back of a 15-Test winning streak and had not lost to their bitter rivals in the last 10 encounters, but fell foul of James O'Connor's last-gasp try and conversion. McCaw is keen for his men to learn from the 26-24 defeat and vent their frustrations on Martin Johnson's side.
"I guess the character of the team is how you get back on the horse," he said. "We've got a big Test match coming up that we need to make sure we prepare well for and take the lessons out of this game. If you're a quality team, you've got to be able to do that.
"There's always going to be hiccups along the way, we didn't perform particularly well and we came second. Strength of character comes through in that situation. Win last week or not, it's about another game next week and that's how you've got to approach it rather than think about streaks.
"I think when we look at next week, we take the lessons out of Saturday. Why we made mistakes, that's what you look at leading into next week. The toughest test is always going to be next week because you don't get ahead of yourself. We've got five days to prepare for a big Test match, every one of them is like that and that's the attitude we will all have."