Ashley-Cooper insists Wallabies have "nothing to lose"
October 15, 2012
Wallabies centre Adam Ashley-Cooper has promised his side "will give it a crack" against the All Blacks on Saturday © Getty Images
Australia centre Adam Ashley-Cooper has heaped praise on New Zealand ahead of their Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane on Saturday.
The All Blacks travel to the Suncorp Stadium having won their last 16 Tests and victory over the Wallabies will see them move to within one of the record held by Lithuania.
Ashley-Cooper, whose side were the last to beat New Zealand when the two clashed in the Tri-Nations decider in 2011, rates the current All Blacks as the best he has seen and insists his injury-ravaged side have nothing to lose.
"These guys are the best in the world - you can't argue with that - and I'd argue that these guys are the best All Blacks side I've ever come across," Ashley-Cooper told AAP. "They are absolutely humming at the moment.
"We can't really let that be a distraction to us; we have to look back at what we did well on the last week of the tour and use that. Bring that belief out and use it. There's nothing to lose and we can go out and have a good crack."
The Wallabies, who will be looking to build on their 25-19 victory over Argentina earlier this month that secured runners-up spot in the Rugby Championship, will take confidence from their record at the Suncorp Stadium where they have won 17 of their 20 Tests. "It always is an awesome game here," Ashley-Cooper said." I love playing at this stadium and I'd probably be speaking on behalf of the other boys as well."
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