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Saturday, 10 August 2019

NZ media unload on 'humiliated' All Blacks


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The New Zealand media have savaged the efforts of the All Blacks after their historic loss to the Wallabies in Bledisloe I, with the men in gold racking up their highest points tally in a game against the Kiwis in a 47-26 demolition job.

Indeed, the Kiwis have an air of vulnerability around them at the moment. They scraped past the Pumas in the opening game of the Rugby Championship, and drew with a resurgent Springboks outfit two weeks ago, before last night's loss.

Wallabies win!

Chris Rattue, writing for the NZ Herald, wrote that the All Blacks had "lost their aura," and that teams no longer fear facing them.

"The fear factor is largely gone, there is a very good chance that the Webb Ellis Cup (World Cup) will follow and the sort of long domination which the incomparable Richie McCaw inspired may well have disappeared forever," Rattue wrote.

"It has been obvious for some time that the All Blacks have fallen back into a peloton which will chase the World Cup in Japan this year. The yellow jersey was ripped up once and for all by men in yellow jerseys on Saturday night."

Rattue continued the attack, singling out individual players and even coach Steve Hansen; who has, for some time, been nigh on impossible to criticise.

"Father Time is running past Ben Smith like Marika Koroibete can. Rieko Ioane is showboating. TJ Perenara's poor 2015 World Cup is starting to pop back into the memory. None of the All Black forwards are at their peak, and even crowd favourite Ardie Savea blotted his copy book in Perth," Rattue wrote.

"And yet coach Steve Hansen and his cohorts are still searching for magic bullets, dreaming of ruling again. Better, maybe, to dial back the ambition and confusing complexities, go back to some solid theories, and build a side around combinations."

However, it wasn't all comprehensive beat-downs of the national side from New Zealand's commentators, with a number saying the adjudication was the main story of the night.

Patrick McKendry from the NZ Herald portioned the blame on referee Jérôme Garcès, saying that he was single-handedly to blame for halting a bright Kiwi start.

"(Scott) Barrett was off balance and connected only a glancing blow on Hooper's head area – it was difficult to tell where exactly - as the Wallabies skipper drove low from an attacking ruck," McKendry said.

Romain Poite shows Scott Barrett red

"But unfortunately for Barrett and the All Blacks the result was the same; a man down, the odds all against them and a controversial defeat after positive beginnings."

Liam Napier, writing for the same masthead, agreed with McKendry's views.

"Rugby is on a global path to make the game a safer place for all involved but if all common sense is lost, as it was by Jérôme Garcès in sending off Scott Barrett, the sport we have come to love will soon become unrecognisable," Napier wrote.

"Barrett may have deserved a yellow card at most for his shoulder charge just before half time which made contact with Michael Hooper's head and neck area, but slow down every pick and drive during any match and you will find similar instances in such close quarters at knee height."

Gregor Paul was the most scathing, however, saying that "Scott Barrett's red card in (the) All Blacks' loss to the Wallabies was the least deserved in history."

Strong words wherever you looked, but no amount of analysis, words, or blame on the referee could take away from what was a famous Australian win.

And with it, a World Cup on the horizon that suddenly doesn't look all that bad a prospect.

The New Zealand media have savaged the efforts of the All Blacks after their historic loss to the Wallabies in Bledisloe I, with the men in gold racking up their highest points tally in a game against the Kiwis in a 47-26 demolition job.

Indeed, the Kiwis have an air of vulnerability around them at the moment. They scraped past the Pumas in the opening game of the Rugby Championship, and drew with a resurgent Springboks outfit two weeks ago, before last night's loss.

Wallabies win!

Chris Rattue, writing for the NZ Herald, wrote that the All Blacks had "lost their aura," and that teams no longer fear facing them.

"The fear factor is largely gone, there is a very good chance that the Webb Ellis Cup (World Cup) will follow and the sort of long domination which the incomparable Richie McCaw inspired may well have disappeared forever," Rattue wrote.

"It has been obvious for some time that the All Blacks have fallen back into a peloton which will chase the World Cup in Japan this year. The yellow jersey was ripped up once and for all by men in yellow jerseys on Saturday night."

Rattue continued the attack, singling out individual players and even coach Steve Hansen; who has, for some time, been nigh on impossible to criticise.

"Father Time is running past Ben Smith like Marika Koroibete can. Rieko Ioane is showboating. TJ Perenara's poor 2015 World Cup is starting to pop back into the memory. None of the All Black forwards are at their peak, and even crowd favourite Ardie Savea blotted his copy book in Perth," Rattue wrote.

"And yet coach Steve Hansen and his cohorts are still searching for magic bullets, dreaming of ruling again. Better, maybe, to dial back the ambition and confusing complexities, go back to some solid theories, and build a side around combinations."

However, it wasn't all comprehensive beat-downs of the national side from New Zealand's commentators, with a number saying the adjudication was the main story of the night.

Patrick McKendry from the NZ Herald portioned the blame on referee Jérôme Garcès, saying that he was single-handedly to blame for halting a bright Kiwi start.

"(Scott) Barrett was off balance and connected only a glancing blow on Hooper's head area – it was difficult to tell where exactly - as the Wallabies skipper drove low from an attacking ruck," McKendry said.

Romain Poite shows Scott Barrett red

"But unfortunately for Barrett and the All Blacks the result was the same; a man down, the odds all against them and a controversial defeat after positive beginnings."

Liam Napier, writing for the same masthead, agreed with McKendry's views.

"Rugby is on a global path to make the game a safer place for all involved but if all common sense is lost, as it was by Jérôme Garcès in sending off Scott Barrett, the sport we have come to love will soon become unrecognisable," Napier wrote.

"Barrett may have deserved a yellow card at most for his shoulder charge just before half time which made contact with Michael Hooper's head and neck area, but slow down every pick and drive during any match and you will find similar instances in such close quarters at knee height."

Gregor Paul was the most scathing, however, saying that "Scott Barrett's red card in (the) All Blacks' loss to the Wallabies was the least deserved in history."

Strong words wherever you looked, but no amount of analysis, words, or blame on the referee could take away from what was a famous Australian win.

And with it, a World Cup on the horizon that suddenly doesn't look all that bad a prospect.

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