Richie McCaw told the New Zealand public that Saturday evening’s crushing demolition job was a victory for the country’s people.
The All Blacks scored seven tries without reply against the team ranked two in the world, but McCaw said there was more to the win than just a rugby game.
“We had a talk about the fact it’s Armistice Day,” McCaw told Sky TV. “We did it for a lot of Kiwis and I think it showed with our performance we wanted to put a performance together that respected everyone that had done things over the years. I think we did that.”
McCaw, like most New Zealanders, agreed that it was the best performance by a New Zealand team that he could remember, even better than the 45-6 demolition of France in Paris two years ago.
“I think our attitude was summed up by our defence,” said McCaw. “I don’t think we had a whole lot of ball in the second half but some of those tackles that went in really hurt them and we scored at the other end. That’s what we pride ourselves on.”
The All Blacks captain felt the defining moment was the try before halftime that gave the All Blacks a 20 point lead.
“You know what French teams are like. But we said at halftime we had to come out and those first 10 minutes [of the second half] were going to be key, and it turned out to be that way. Defence wins matches,” said McCaw. “I don’t think we scored too many tries off set phase tonight but we hurt them on ‘D’ and turned the ball over. And they were kicking it away which perhaps sums up how we were going.”
Graham Henry added to McCaw’s sentiments at the press conference: “I’m exceptionally proud with the boys and with the way they performed tonight, for their country and for all those from New Zealand who lost their lives during the two world wars.”