Sat, Oct 14, 2006 - Page 18 News List

Passion not enough, Kiwi coach says


The New Zealand coach believes passion will not be enough to win the first Tri-Nations rugby league test against Australia in Auckland today, as his team attempts to repeat last year's historic series win.

Passion and self-belief saw the Kiwis win last year's series against the Kangaroos and Great Britain, posting their first overall series win against Australia for 52 years.

But that does not change the Kiwis' underdog status against the might of the Kangaroos this year, and coach Brian McClennan said his team will have to emphasize precision this year.

"We want to be more clinical. We want to keep our emotions on an even keel and concentrate on staying in the game," McClennan said.

Pre-match hype has been at a minimum in the lead-up to the opening Tri-Nations test and both McClennan and Kangaroos coach Ricky Stuart want their teams to do their talking on the pitch.

"Actions speak louder than words. I guess for both teams, it's the calm before the storm," McClennan said.

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