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Deans: Defeat will drive us on


Robbie Deans

Robbie Deans

Robbie Deans

Coach Robbie Deans believes last month's heartbreaking defeat to New Zealand in Sydney can spur Hong Kong on to break their current drought against the world's number-one side when the two meet in the final Bledisloe Cup game of 2010 at Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday.

Two late tries saw the All Blacks fight back from 22-9 down to triumph 23-22 and claim their 10th consecutive victory over their fierce rivals.

"Although we came up short, there were a lot of things we did well so we don't want to throw everything out and we've done that with our preparation," he said.

"We haven't dismissed everything, we've drawn some belief from the things that worked well for us and that we are able to achieve some things in the game. There were also some things we weren't good at and we've put a lot of work into those.

"Morale's good, the boys are continuing to drive standards from within. They're not doubting each other, which is important in Test rugby, you cannot afford moments of doubt. The belief and the morale is good.

"It's a Test match, there's nothing better nor tougher."

Ben Alexander returns to the starting line-up for the first time in nearly five months after the tighthead prop was forced to undergo surgery on the knee he injured against Fiji in June.

"It's great to get Ben back, he's had a frustrating time having to watch from the sidelines," added Deans.

"He was involved in our first outing, picked up an injury and has had to watch from a distance. He's worked really hard to put himself back in the frame, it's good for him and it's good for us."

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