Kiwis' jobs on the line against Fijians
NEW Zealand players are just playing for this year's World Cup on Saturday in a knockout quarter-final in Wellington. They are playing for their international careers, captain Adam Blair says.
The Kiwis' second-half slip-up against Tonga last week after leading 16-2 at halftime, led to an upset 28-22 win by Tonga.
Blair said jobs were on the line on Saturday - and not only coach David Kidwell's.
"It's a tough industry, jobs are on the line. We see that all the time with the football we play,” he said.
"We've got to go out there and do our jobs. Knuckle down, do our country and everyone proud.
"Everything's on the line, not only everyone's job but our positions in this team. It's important that we go out there and do everything possible, wear that jersey with pride.”
Blair was confident the Kiwis could refocus against Fijian that was unbeaten in pool play and scored 32 tries in three matches.
The New Zealanders know they need to boost their second-half display. They conceded four tries in 15 minutes against Tonga after halftime.
"We'd been really good, but then we came up against a Tongan side and we let ourselves down in that area,” Blair said.