OPINION: It's impossible not to feel satisfied about a 22-0 shutout of the Wallabies. But I feel like the All Blacks still have a lot of improving in them - as scary as that thought may sound.
Judging by Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup clincher at Eden Park, which was a significant step up from Sydney the week before, I reckon the All Blacks have still got another 20 points in them. They're not quite there in terms of opportunities being taken and completely nailing their gameplan.
But they're just so much better than Australia it doesn't matter.
What really won that test match was their defence. The structure used the last two weeks has moved on from Ireland. They're very good now at keeping players on their feet and committing maybe only two or three players to the breakdown.
But when they smell blood you'll see four or five arrive with intensity and ferocity to turn ball over. Otherwise there's a conscious effort to have as many players on their feet as possible.
Because of that Australia were usually confronted with 12 or 13 defenders waiting for them. The Wallabies, having to commit three or four players to the breakdown, never created numerical advantages. That meant they never really threatened.
A lot of Australia's inability to compete was thus down to very good All Blacks defence, but I'm also racking my brain to understand what they were doing out there. I know Robbie Deans too well to think he can be coaching them to play like that.
Some of the decisions made under pressure were weak and soft. They really lacked the attitude and hardness to put the effort and fight in to trying to achieve something.
Too many times when they should have dropped a shoulder and put body into contact to retain ball they kicked away or panicked and conceded. That's very weak mentally.
I just wonder where they are mentally playing the All Blacks. Certainly they haven't got the aptitude to compete with, let alone beat them at the moment.
I'm just really disappointed in the way Australia are playing. They're better than that, they've got more talent than that, but they aren't pushing the All Blacks at all.
I'd also like to mention Sonny Bill Williams' last test match. Despite what people are saying about him coming back, I truly believe it will be his last test match.
Speaking from experience, the game here moves so fast, you are quickly forgotten as an All Black. The minute you move on, it becomes so hard to make a return in two or three years' time.
Look at those players who have tried to come back and play for the All Blacks. They have failed, and that's because the game moves on so swiftly.
So if that was Sonny's last test he should be proud of the way he played. His influence was supreme. He was the one player continually breaking the line and getting over the advantage line, and he looked hungry for work.
It's a shame he's going because his understanding now of the dynamics of the game are very, very good.
In my time I've played around some very talented players, many of whom I thought were going to be world-class because they had speed, power and skills. But as you watched them evolve they didn't necessarily get there because they didn't have game instinct. They lacked the ability to get themselves into the match so they could use their talent
But Sonny Bill's understanding now is superb because he knows how to inject himself. His instinct for the game is so good he has become a central part of the All Blacks game this season.
There are some fine individuals out there. Richie McCaw is playing so very well, Dan Carter is implementing a great gameplan and Israel Dagg is on fire. But for me the two players I've been super impressed with are Sonny Bill, closely followed by Kieran Read.
The All Blacks function so much better as a pack when Read plays. He adds the balance needed, and his work ethic and impact is such that he's become one of our most important players.
When Read is out it's a big loss for his franchise and country, and so Sonny will be missed because the game plan revolved around him for the last five tests.
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