Wobblies’ mental block

The Wallabies don’t believe they can beat the All Blacks, according to winger Lote Tuqiri.

The New Zealanders won the Bledisloe Cup series 3-0 this year on their way to retaining the Vodacom Tri-Nations.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Greg Growden, Tuqiri said the Wallabies’ problem was upstairs.

“We can beat a team like South Africa, but playing against a team like the All Blacks, I think some guys are thinking, “Oh, it’s the All Blacks … I just don’t know if we can beat these guys”. Sometimes if we get behind, we just don’t have that mental edge to think we can win a game,” he said.

“I’d like to be part of a team, where everyone from one to 22 says, ‘We can beat these guys … They are just in a jersey’.”

Tuqiri said the All Blacks had succeeded in hoodwinking opponents.

“They are a great team, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of their opponents are beaten before they get on the field. A lot of the northern hemisphere teams are certainly like that. We do have to work on the mental approach. It is probably underrated in our game, and sport in general.”