- Mar 8, 2016
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The irony with these "if you're not 1st you're last" attitudes and approaching a game "not caring" is in fact that it's a losing mentality. Usually it's mainly the arm chair fan or people who haven't experienced competing at a serious level that undervalue these games and criticize the participants.
For the players and coaching staff, it's another opportunity to put on the All Black jersey and go out and play for their country in order to gain a better ranking in the tournament. People can say it doesn't matter if you're 3rd or 4th and "nobody cares", but that's not true, only to the people with the wrong mentality in my opinion. I care and I can name from the top off my head, most 3rd place finishes at a RWC, sometimes it's fascinating to see a team like Argentina finish 3rd.
What matters is it's where we are now and doing the best you can for your country and yourselves. If that's not motivation enough, then you can improve your relationship with competition.
I repeat, I do NOT want to lose to Wales and I'm absolutely positive the team feel the exact same way.
Of course no team wants to lose a game even if it's tiddlywinks , I think you are misunderstanding and you are also trying to Inflate a game into someting it simply isn't . You only need to look at the media Interest and the general interest of fans on this forum to see that this game is viewed as just an exhibition, there's really nothing at stake apart from financial and ranking points. Sure I'd love Wales to take the victory and so would the players and coaching team but it's not a life/death situation like making a world cup final.