There is no risk of a complacent All Blacks side running onto ANZ Stadium in the first trans-Tasman rugby Test since their one-sided World Cup semi-final.
The 20-6 thumping of Australia at Eden Park last October put an exclamation point on four years of New Zealand Bledisloe Cup dominance since Robbie Deans took charge of the Wallabies.
Deans began with a bang in Sydney four years ago when his side hammered the All Blacks 34-19. That proved a false dawn as the All Blacks won 10 straight Bledisloe Cup Tests.
Since then, the Wallabies have logged victories in Hong Kong and Brisbane over the past two years, suggesting a tightening up in the rivalry.
All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu said last year's semi-final in Auckland should be regarded as a one-off.
"We did win that huge victory but its a fresh slate, you can't really dwell on the past," Weepu said.
"You've got to work in the now. That's what were trying to do and I'm pretty sure that's what the Aussies are doing.
"They wouldn't have shown everything against Wales (3-0 series win in June), they would have saved a few things. We've just got to make sure that we shut them down."
The last two Sydney Tests have resulted in one-point wins to New Zealand - 23-22 in 2010 and 19-18 in 2009.
All Blacks players have stressed this week that they don't want the world champion tag weighing them down in the inaugural Rugby Championship.
Their initial focus was going one-up in the three-Test Bledisloe Cup series, a key outcome if they are to extend their reign as holders which began in 2003.
Loose forward Victor Vito said their record was easily explained.
"The only reason the All Blacks have a success rate like that is that we take them so seriously," he said of the Wallabies.
"Every year we come around to them they are our biggest threat so we can't really lay off at any point."