Kaino keeping his eye on the prize

Date published: October 26 2015

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New Zealand's Jerome Kaino will do his best not to let the emotional rollercoaster that is a Rugby World Cup Final affect him on Saturday.

Kaino's sixth minute try helped the defending champions defeat South Africa in the semi-finals and reach their second consecutive World Cup Final.

The All Blacks also have a number of stalwarts that are likely to call time on their international career – namely, Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Keven Mealamu, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith – which makes the final an emotional send off whatever the result.

But Kaino is eager to push the sentiments aside for now and focus on the task at hand.

"We can't get too caught up in the emotional game," said the American Samoan-born flanker. 

"We'll focus on what we do well. If you focus too much on the emotion it clouds what you want to do.

"We've got to focus on what's going to get our game going. There's going to be a lot of things that people will say to us about milestones and guys leaving.

"When you're out there in a tight spot you can look in your team-mates' eyes – guys who have been there before they've got that calmness about them. There's no panic about the team."

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