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Reflecting on the narrow loss, all we can hope is that this is the one bad All Blacks performance we shall see until after next year’s World Cup.

Article By: Bevan, Sanson

So what does one say after the All Blacks' first loss of the year?

[ Photosport | Australia celebrate after their historic win over the All Blacks. DHL Hong Kong Bledisloe Cup between New Zealand All Blacks and Australia Wallabies at Hong Kong Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Hong Kong, China ]

“Bugger” springs to mind.

But reflecting on the narrow loss – caused by a lazy start, a lack of intensity at crucial times and substitutes who simply failed to close out the game, all we can hope is that this is the one bad All Blacks performance we shall see until after next year’s World Cup.

Whilst some might tolerate another loss or two before the World Cup I won’t and neither will Brian Lochore.

In 2003, before the footy season had kicked off, I had the privilege of sitting round the dinner table of the All Blacks great and still the only man to coach the All Blacks to World Cup glory.

I was interviewing him on his hopes for the coming season and what the John Mitchell coached ABs will need to do to win the World Cup.

I asked him if it’s ok to lose the odd game in the lead up to the World Cup in order to test combinations and the like.

The look of the great man, who of course is now Sir Brian, was that of a man who was asked if it was ok to rent out his wife to a band of wayward gypsies.

“No. You win them all. Losses for the All Blacks are never good.”

It was music to my ears and ever since the All Blacks have lost and people say it’s ok because it’s all about developing toward the World Cup and other such PC phrases I’ve remembered what Lochore said to me on that pleasant Wairarapa evening back in February 2003.

So unless you are more of a rugby aficionado than the great Sir Brian I would suggest you don’t accept the Black Jersey getting beaten either.

I doubt the likes of Richie McCaw does.

The loss does serve as a nice wake-up call. Let’s be realistic, we would have lost the previous Bledisloe Cup test had the Ockers had a decent goal-kicker and Saturday’s game was no different. The Wallabies struggled to pierce the uprights and that kept us in the game.

So whilst we don’t like the All Blacks losing, sadly from time to time it is something we have to live with.

But should we accept it, or be ok with it?

Never.

 
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  • agov1nd says
    Completely agree with this! I don't care whether it's a second or third string AB's team, I hate it when they lose. The Black jersey is the Black jersey. Every player that wears it needs to give 110% on the field and never give up
  • Jackson says
    As well as the players being on form some of the result does come down to the referee, what they see, decisions they make and i feel that the referee made a few wrong calls which would have made for a different result. If nothing else a loss will only encourage our team to strive harder, being on a winning streak has the downside of making you feel invincible so a defeat can be a positive thing. Not that the NZ public would ever think so.
  • mike says
    Well glad its over too, definitelty ok for the AB's to play under form prior to the RWC. It will give the chaps something to really focus on. This result will make the team stronger and even more determined..its minor "speed bump" thats all.
  • Steff S says
    the kicking from the australians was terrible, they should have won by a bigger margin. however, i think that quade cooper fellow is highly overrated and could prove to be the stephen donald of the wallabies?
  • Stephan says
    Not the result we wanted to see but hey, what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger! Go the mighty ABs!
  • James says
    Should we accept it? we have to its a fact, it happened. Realisticly the difference between winning and losing has been so minor in the last two games, if James O Connor had not have scored we would not be lamenting a loss but congratulating a champion team. This loss was an opportunity for the team and the public to appreciate winning the world cup will not happen unless we have a team that can a) close out a game, b) can play with desperation and c) can be more clinical. Neither of these elements were on show on saturday. Points win matches and when we had a lead we needed to keep scoring, drop goals have won the last 4 world cup finals. Secondly it was clear aussie was desperate, we were confident but they were desperate, when its controlled a team can be play at a better level, we were a better team but they were desperate to win. Lastly we need to be clinical, especially in the #10, a clinical fly half like Merthans would have nailed that last penalty, the team wouldn't have suffered from aimless kicking and poor decision making not just from DONALD but CARTER was guilty at times as well. All in all these issues can be rectified and this loss is the opportunity for this to happen.
    I'm not gutted we lost but il be gutted if things dont change
  • Andrew says
    WINNING IS THE ONLY OPTION!

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