14 Oct 2011

Pressure on the All Blacks says Wallaby first five

7:14 am on 14 October 2011

The mercurial Australian first five Quade Cooper believes the pressure on the All Blacks to win a long-awaited second World Cup title would probably trump concerns about his ability to steer the Wallabies into the final.

Cooper has been roundly heckled by home fans during the tournament due to his on field run-ins with All Black skipper Richie McCaw, but he says the catcalling hasn't been a distraction.

He acknowledges he hasn't been at his best so far in the tournament, particularly in the Wallabies' close call against South Africa in the quarter-finals, but that's not his greatest concern.

He says having a good individual game is going to play second fiddle to winning the game.