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Hollow feeling for McCaw

16th August 2014 15:31

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Draw in Sydney: McCaw

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw admitted to feeling "hollow" after his side drew 12-12 with the Wallabies in their Rugby Championship opener.

Saturday's result saw no tries scored as the rain played a factor in Sydney, as McCaw's men could not seal their eighteenth straight Test victory.

"It's certainly a bit of a hollow feeling," he said.

"You come to win and it didn't happen. Probably at the end of the day we had the better of the first 30 minutes in the first half and then we struggled to play a lot of rugby after that for various reasons.

"The good thing is that we have another crack next week in Auckland."

Australia could have won the game late on as they had decent territory and possession but could not get a drop-goal attempt away, with captain and flanker Michael Hooper assessing the draw.

"(The drop goal) was mentioned but we couldn't get through that first phase. That was a problem for us all through the night," Hooper said.

"We were pressuring them a lot, especially in that second half... We came up a few metres short a couple of times, which is a positive thing."

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