And still, they proved nothing.
That is according to some voices across the Tasman that weren’t impressed by the result which gave New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
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“The All Blacks have proven nothing and frightened no-one,” wrote Hamish Bidwell of RugbyPass.com.
“Sure, their in and out-house public relations departments have been quick to acclaim Sunday’s 27-7 win over Australia, but no markers were put down and no critics answered.
“If you can tackle the All Blacks, you will beat them. End of story.”
Having lost more than double the amount of rucks than the All Blacks in Wellington, Australia had a 96 per cent success rate on the ground in Auckland compared to New Zealand’s 93 per cent.
The Wallabies also tidied up their lineouts, losing just one compared to the three lost from ten in game one, while Australia also had a 100 per cent success rate at the scrum.
As Bidwell alluded to, however, the difference was in the tackling: The Wallabies missed a staggering 42 compared to the All Blacks’ 24.
He wrote that the Wallabies’ missed tackles — and 21 turnovers — were gifts that the All Blacks cannot count on moving forward.
“Australia missed 40 tackles against New Zealand on Sunday and we still only won 27-7. Far from being encouraged by the final score, we all ought to feel a little frightened,” Bidwell wrote.
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Not everyone across the ditch was doom and gloom after the win, though.
New Zealand Herald’s Dylan Cleaver went in the other direction, saying the 20-point win “undersold” the All Blacks.
“They destroyed Australia, reaffirming the talent disparity between the two sides,” he wrote.
“Tactics aside … it was the greater ferocity with which the All Blacks approached their task that was the biggest difference. It was missing in Wellington, which was disturbing as it’s the very least we expect from All Blacks.
“It must continue across the Tasman.”
Writing about the Wallabies’ winless streak at Eden Park, where they last won a Test in 1986, Cleaver added: “It’s getting ridiculous now.
“The last time the Wallabies won on this oddly shaped ground was when Andrew Leeds and Kieran Crowley were wearing No 15.
“Dave Rennie now has a better idea of the size of the task ahead of him.”