Sam Cane says New Zealand wary of Wales despite recent form

Sam Cane
Sam Cane, in action during the 24-16 win over Scotland, has won 22 caps for New Zealand
Autumn internationals: Wales v New Zealand
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 22 November Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
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New Zealand back-rower Sam Cane says the All Blacks are wary of Wales despite their indifferent recent form.

Wales lost their opening Test of the autumn series to Australia before labouring to a 17-13 win over Fiji.

But Cane, 22, insists New Zealand are preparing for a tough encounter when they end their northern hemisphere tour at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

"It's about what sort of team turns up on the day, and that's the same for us," he said.

Cane was a part of the New Zealand side who were made to graft for a 24-16 victory over Scotland last weekend.

That triumph followed wins over England and the United States, results which contributed to a run of form which has seen the All Blacks lose just one of their last 39 matches.

They have not lost to Wales since 1953, but Cane is careful not to underestimate Warren Gatland's men.

"Wales put Australia under massive pressure and then made a few changes to sneak by Fiji," he said.

"We know Wales will be pumped up to play us at home in front of a packed out Millennium [Stadium] crowd.

"We're under no illusions as to how big or important this game is."

Cane plays for the Waikato Chiefs, the Super 15 side which Wales-qualified fly-half Gareth Anscombe left to join the Cardiff Blues.

New Zealand-born Anscombe, 23, could make his Blues debut away at Edinburgh in the Pro12 on Sunday and has been tipped to play for Wales.

And Cane, who also played youth rugby with Anscombe, believes his former team-mate could thrive in Wales.

"I got to know him pretty well. He's a good player, has a lot to offer and is still young," said Cane.

"He's got a lot of improvements to make, is a hard worker.

"It's a big step for him to make that call [to move to Wales] so early in his career but he's obviously backing himself.

"Having played with him and as a mate, I want to see him play well."

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