Wallaby reveals the mental advantage he has over his teammates for Bledisloe I

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Wallabies star centre Samu Kerevi claims that the pressure of facing the All Blacks has “no weight” on his mental state ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup Test.

Kerevi believes that because he plays in Japan and does not face the New Zealand players often, he carries no mental baggage with him.

He will need to be at his absolute best when the Rugby Championship leaders arrive at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It has been a difficult tournament for the winless Wallabies, who will be absolutely desperate to get back to winning ways.

“Fresh start”

The Fijian-born Wallaby feels that it is a “fresh start” for him against the All Blacks as he hopes to make the most of that advantage.

“I have the advantage of the mentality I take into the game,” Kerevi told AAP.

“I play overseas in Japan, and the last couple of years I’ve come in, I have no weight on my shoulders.

“The boys have played them (New Zealand players), but I come in fresh, just wanting the opportunity to play against world-class players.

“I haven’t lost against them or won against them throughout the first six, seven months, and then I come here it’s a fresh start for me every time I play so that’s the advantage of playing overseas.”

During his time with Suntory Sungoliath, Kerevi has played alongside All Blacks playmaker duo Beauden Barrett and Damian McKenzie, who could play a role this weekend.

“Training with Beaudie and D-Mac, I understand the way they want to play the game,” he said.

“Obviously, when they step into that black jersey, there’s systems they have, but I understand and know what they like and dislike, just about footy and life.”

Midfield situation

Kerevi is on his way back to his best after a big injury and will partner with someone else in the midfield this weekend after the incumbent 13, Len Ikitau suffered an injury. Izaia Perese appears to be the favourite to come into the side for Bledisloe I.

“We’ve been chopping and changing our 12 and 13s, getting different combinations in, and it’s been great for our growth,” Kerevi said.

“Everyone is pushing pretty hard for those positions.

“For myself, La (Lalakai) Foketi has been training really well at 12, so the competitive nature drives the standard of the team.

“We’re pushing each other to be better … we trust each other that whoever gets picked will do the job, and we will support them.”

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