Australia’s abysmal Super Rugby record against New Zealand teams this season won’t mean the Wallabies will be cannon fodder for the All Blacks, according to Kiwi star Cory Jane.
New Zealand teams won all four of their penultimate-round clashes with Australian sides.
Over the Super season Australian teams have won just three and drawn one of 24 games against Kiwi franchises.
The gulf between the two nations was painfully apparent in the latest round.
The Crusaders and Chiefs scored 13 and eight tries against the Rebels and Reds respectively, with Melbourne conceding 85 points in Christchurch.
The Blues, the last-placed team in the NZ conference, rattled up six tries and 40 points against the Australian-conference leading Brumbies.
However, Hurricanes and All Blacks outside back Jane wasn’t convinced New Zealand’s Super Rugby domination would automatically transfer into the Test arena.
“I don’t think it does, it’s a different team, a different ball game,” Jane said after the Hurricanes’ 28-17 win over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
“Whether a South African team, a New Zealand team, an Aussie team are dominating or playing poor, once they put that Test jersey on it’s completely different, when you move on from Super Rugby to Test match it’s completely different.”
The balance of the New Zealand Super Rugby teams was cited as a factor by Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd, who expressed surprise at just how one-sided the trans-Tasman log had been this year.
“That’s a bit lopsided isn’t it?,” Boyd said.
“I think the New Zealand conference is healthy at the moment.
“All five teams have got good rosters and so we get a good mixture of experienced and growing players and also we`ve been able to inject a lot of youth into those franchises.”