Shontayne Hape: It will be massive. Games like this are why we play rugby

View From The Camp

Andy Robinson has gone with the big boys for today.

With that team the Scots will not be trying to go round us – they are going to try to go through us.

We have been up in Auckland since Sunday so are well settled here. It's been a good week on and off the training pitch. Today could not be a more different challenge from last weekend. The review of the one-sided Romania game was done quickly and then we watched Scotland v Argentina in the team room. What a tough, tough match in terrible conditions. Scotland played pretty well and their kicking game was spot on, but those last 10 minutes cost them dearly.

It's windy here and there is more rain forecast – although who knows with New Zealand weather, rain one minute, sun the next – so we expect them to look to test our back three in the air.

The key to a game like this is to forget all about the different permutations, the eight points and so on, and just focus on what we are going to do. The eight-point margin hasn't even been mentioned in training. Leave the stats to one side – you must not let that get into your mind, and instead approach this like any massive game.

I can't see it being anything other than tough. We know all about them from the Six Nations and club games – I'll be pairing up with Joe Ansbro, the Scotland centre, at London Irish when we get home. Ansbro and Sean Lamont are a big pairing in midfield, and that's another indication of Robinson, who is a world-class coach, looking to fight fire with fire. The match-up with Mike Tindall and Manu Tuilagi will be one to watch.

We beat them at Twickenham by six points in the Six Nations at the start of the year and that was a hard match. They copped plenty of flak for losing to Argentina and when that happens we know they will come flying at us.

We trained at Eden Park yesterday. It was windy and that will test the kickers. We have played the last three weeks indoors so the conditions will be very different, especially if it chucks it down. It's a beautiful stadium and will be packed this morning. This is what rugby players play the game for, occasions like this. It's disappointing not to be playing, of course it is, but you still have a part to play in making sure all the preparations are spot on. It's part of being a professional.

For an evening game most guys will get up later, between nine and half-ten. Later in the morning we'll head for a nearby park and walk though some of the moves for the game – it's always just good to get out of the hotel as the day can sometimes seem to stretch for ever. After lunch most guys like to have a nap or watch a movie although there are a few who will sit with their laptops watching the footage we've got of Scotland over and over. It's only two hours before the kick-off that we will head to the ground, and then it's time to switch on.

Before the intensity of the match build-up we had a day off on Thursday. Auckland is where I come from so I've caught up with my nan and my sister. My brother's come over from Australia for today's game. I spent the day off on the beach with my kids – they are such Brits! They wouldn't take their shoes off and run barefoot on the sand. But they soon got into it and were looking for crabs and starfish – and chucking wet sand at me. My partner and two kids have been out here from day one. When you're in camp for such a long time it is really important to have your family around. Nobody likes being away from their family for such a long time and it helps you switch off from the pressures of being at a World Cup, which every player needs to do over the course of such a long tournament.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Ian Thorpe had Rio 2016 in his sights
people
Arts and Entertainment
Original Netflix series such as Orange Is The New Black are to benefit from a 'substantial' increase in investment
TVHoax announcement had caused outrage
Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur
fashion

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

News
One Direction star Harry Styles who says he has no plans to follow his pal Cara Delevingne down the catwalk.
peopleManagement confirms rumours singer is going it alone are false
Voices
Mrs Brown's Boy: D'Movie has been a huge commercial success
voicesWhen it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Arts and Entertainment
Curtain calls: Madani Younis
theatreMadani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Arts and Entertainment
'Deep Breath' is Peter Capaldi's first full-length adventure as the twelfth Doctor
TVFirst episode of new series has ended up on the internet
Life and Style
Douglas McMaster says the food industry is ‘traumatised’
food + drinkSilo in Brighton will have just six staple dishes on the menu every day, including one meat option, one fish, one vegan, and one 'wild card'
Sport
Mario Balotelli, Divock Origi, Loic Remy, Wilfried Bony and Karim Benzema
transfersBony, Benzema and the other transfer targets
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?