New Zealand national team coach Ricki Herbert is expecting his side to be more than competitive in the World Cup group stage.
The All Whites meet Slovakia in their opening match in Rustenburg tonight (9:30pm AEST & 11:30pm NZT) which will mark just the second time the nation has competed in the World Cup finals and although the rest of the world is not expecting them to do much, Herbert and New Zealand people back home are.
"I think so and, great, quite rightly," Herbert said in regards to expectations in New Zealand. "We've beaten Serbia, I thought we were very competitive against Slovenia and probably wouldn't have lost against Chile [if we had kept our best side on the park for the entire match].
"It's not that this side doesn't warrant that. I think it's good. It sets the bar where we want to set it. If we lose three games we lose them, but I think we'll be more than competitive."