Richie McCaw proud to end tour with ‘reasonably comfortable’ win
All Blacks star reacts to leading his team to victory in his 100th Test match as captain
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has revealed his pride at leading the All Blacks to victory in his 100th Test as captain.
The veteran flanker and his team-mates were pushed for 70 minutes by Wales before the All Blacks’ stormed from 16-15 down to win 34-16 at the Millennium Stadium.
“It’s a pretty proud moment from a team point of view, and I guess from a personal point of view, to have got the job done,” McCaw said.
“We can go and have a wee bit of time off now, and reflect on what’s been a good year that we’ve finished off with a good performance.”
There had been little doubt in the minds of many Wales supporters that their team would fall to another defeat against southern hemisphere opposition, but few would have expected the manner of the 18-point defeat.
It caps a superb tour for the world champions with a 100 per cent winning record after seeing off the USA in Chicago, before wins against England, Scotland and Wales on four consecutive weekends.
The All Blacks cleaned up the World Rugby end of year awards as lock Brodie Retallick left the Millennium Stadium as the World Player of the Year, head coach Steve Hansen again picking up Coach of the Year, and the All Blacks again picking up the Team of the Year award.
For 33-year-old McCaw, who has 137 caps to his name and an 88 per cent win record as captain, and aims to lead the New Zealand to a Rugby World Cup title defence next year in England, he admitted that the All Blacks took their chances after being kept quiet by a superb Welsh defensive effort.
“It’s one of the great places to play, the Millenium Stadium, and it was like that today” McCaw added.
“You find a way to take the opportunities when they come about, and to come off with what the scoreboard said was reasonably comfortable in the end, you know it’s a pretty proud moment. We got the job done.”