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Are Kiwis jokers or chokers?

Last updated 12:43 23/09/2013
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It sure is pretty sailing in San Francisco, but our boys are there to win.

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The spectre of Rugby World Cup failure haunted New Zealand for two decades.

It hurt most when George Gregan famously taunted ''four more years'' after the Wallabies knocked the All Blacks out of the 2003 tournament.

It took a nail-biting final in 2011 at Eden Park against the All Blacks' World Cup bogey team, France, for Kiwis up-and-down the country to loosen their collars and breathe a sigh of relief.

The moniker of ''chokers'' was finally beaten. 

But is it raring its ugly head again as Team New Zealand finds itself stranded on match point in the 34th America's Cup against a resurgent Oracle?

What is it about performing under pressure at the highest level that is proving tough for our sportsmen?

Is there something engrained in our psyche that makes us underperform when it matters most?

Are we just victims of putting too much pressure on ourselves?

Or maybe we're just too laid back and out for a good time?

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