Israel Dagg is preparing to live like a hermit for the next few days.
Following the 18-18 draw with the Wallabies, the fullback maintained he will shut himself off from the outside world.
Questions will continue to be asked as to how the All Blacks failed to use Keven Mealamu's 100th test and the 16-match winning streak to motivate them but Dagg won't be listening.
"There's a hollow feeling in the changing rooms," Dagg admitted after the match.
"We just have to stay grounded and have a good look at ourselves when we go home. You know - turn the phones off and not read anything."
He might be expecting a hot reception at home but Dagg was not prepared to camouflage the reasons for the error-strewn performance at Suncorp Stadium.
"We were just average. We didn't hold the ball, build any pressure, tried to score when we made breaks - just silly options. It was just one of those games where we were on the back foot the whole time. We couldn't really get any momentum."
Dagg's form stagnated as he struggled with his kicking in general play and chances to convert himself into a counter-attacking menace were rare.
He refused to blame the All Blacks' late arrival in Brisbane - they didn't fly into the Sunshine State until Thursday night - or the distraction of witnessing head coach Steve Hansen grapple with the death of his father, for the shoddy display.
Despite Dan Carter's six penalties ensuring the All Blacks didn't suffer a shock defeat, Dagg confirmed the post-match mood was sombre.
As he watched Carter get set for his injury-time drop goal attempt, Dagg reached out to the rugby gods for some divine intervention. They weren't listening.
"It (Carter's kick) was about a metre to the right," Dagg added.
"He struck it pretty well. I was praying but it wasn't to be. It was good for us to have a crack from under our posts and get an opportunity like that to maybe win it but we played poorly."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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