The Wallabies captain Michael Hooper he wants to avoid another loss to the All Blacks when they meet this Sunday. Australia already succumbed to New Zealand twice in 2021 and in the second match the defeat was by a bulky 57-22.
Their hopes of regaining the Bledisloe Cup, which they haven’t won since 2003, were once again dashed, but Hooper hopes the third time will be the charm against their arch rivals. “You have to heal the wounds. Directly, that’s for sure, ”Hooper said at a pre-test press conference in Perth. “You have to get rid of the feeling of pain and turn it into motivation “He added on how to reverse the moment.
“We can’t change the past, but we can focus on changing things and make Sunday a victory. ”Hooper is satisfied with some aspects of the game in the last two games, but insists they lacked consistency.
“You have to stay in the fight, go toe-to-toe with a team like this, do what we have talked about, where we think we can hurt New Zealand,” Hooper said. “For that we have to do a performance without errors. With a great delivery throughout the 80 minutes. We have done really good things on the court, but not for long enough and consistently. “
“Give too much in a 10-15 minute period where we make mistakes and then take our foot off the gas, that didn’t help us against teams like New Zealand. If we play at our best or near our best, that forces them to play below their best. You will never achieve perfection in any game, ”said the third row.
“There will be things that will not be in your favor, but the ability to stay focused is essential. That’s where we missed the last game. ” The last time New Zealand visited Perth, the Wallabies they put on a show. They secured a record win over the All Blacks with a win 47-26 and Hooper hopes to repeat that effort.
“To have a game in the west, a great game like that, it was incredible,” said Hooper, adding that “two years seems like an eternity. We had a really strong performance and kept our foot on the gas throughout the entire match.. The ability to stick with what we wanted to do was excellent. In two years, we will be looking to continue that in the game, to do what we had talked about ”.