Let's not write off the All Blacks just yet

The All Blacks lacked intensity. Wow.


They've only got one game remaining in the Tri Nations, that'll be against the Pumas in fortnight's time.


If you didn't see the headlines, the Pumas beat the All Blacks yesterday, you probably saw it, the first time Argentina has beaten them. It was 25-15.


History was made.



How did it happen?


Well the Pumas stuck it to the AB's right from the outset, they seemingly weren't intimidated at all.


The post mortem suggests that the Pumas played with too much passion, they simply wanted it more. That's the sort of stuff you normally associate with the All Blacks, they're very rarely out-enthused.


You have to give credit to Mario Ledesma and his side, not only did they pressure the All Blacks into uncharacteristic mistakes right throughout the match, but tactically they had prepared well and executed accordingly.


One thing is for sure, you learn this at a young age.


Never write off champions.


The All Blacks, well obviously, they're champions.



On Saturday afternoon, the All Blacks lost the penalty count, had more drop ball and were dominated at set piece - how often do you hear that?


In two weeks' time, you can't imagine they'd turn in another performance like that.


The Pumas took them out of their comfort zone, they slowed everything down and played at a good place, they niggled, they were in their face. It was good to watch and credit to them.


There's no doubt Ian Foster and his team have work to do to turn things around, but you'd be a brave man or woman to suggest that the AB's won't come out with a greater intensity and something to prove in a fortnight's time.


They'll be ready and to those who are saying that the era of dominance is coming to an end, well as a Wallabies supporter, shhh...


Don't poke the bear!



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