New Zealand supporters are concerned. And not just because of a Bledisloe Cup defeat in which their team conceded 46 points – more than they ever have done in a Test match.
Saturday represented the All Blacks’ fifth loss over 30 games since the start of the 2017 British and Irish Lions series. They have wobbled at other times during the same period, recording two draws. Scotland, Argentina and England have all finished within a score of them.
Although build-ups to previous Rugby World Cup campaigns have been punctuated by poor results, the creeping fear is that this year feels slightly different.
Regardless of the red card to Scott Barrett, Australia’s meticulously planned and powerful performance...
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