Bledisloe Cup success - the world reacts

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    27 Aug 2018     Getty Images

Some samples of opinion were:

The Sunday Times (Stephen Jones):
"This win had elements of a complete performance and tilted world rugby on its axis. It rather devalued Ireland's finest Test series win over Australia, it gave the lie to thoughts that the rest of the game was catching up with New Zealand.

"It also offered the frightening thought that with Barrett and company so dazzling on the counter, to win possession against the All Blacks might be worse for the opposition than not winning. The power of the home squad was illustrated vividly. Ryan Crotty withdrew and was replaced by Ngani Laumape in midfield. The young centre was immense, in style and power a dead ringer for the great Frank Bunce of old."


The Rugby Paper (Brendan Gallagher): "Beauden Barrett confirmed himself as the world's best rugby player with an extraordinary four tries and a 30 points haul as New Zealand took Australia to the cleaners for the second week on the bounce.

"Barrett used all his pace, vision and rugby intelligence to rip Australia apart with two tries either side of halftime and even crossed for a fifth before officialdom spotted a very marginal knock forward by Ardie Savea earlier in the move.

"It was the most eye-popping display by a Test flyhalf since Dan Carter – the man Barrett understudied for a long while – put the Lions to the sword at Wellington in 2005."

The Roar-Australia (David Lord): "When Dan Carter called halt to his superb All Black career as the code's highest points scorer with 1598, there were concerns from the faithful across the ditch how the men in black would perform.

"Those fears were totally unfounded.

"Beauden Barrett took over as conductor of the All Black orchestra with such ease that there are many who rate him even better than the maestro.

"And when Barrett hangs up his boots, there's Damian McKenzie and Richie Mo'unga, raring to go.

"That's what happens when rugby is a religion in New Zealand, not a sport.


"Last night at Eden Park it was all about Barrett in black, and yet again David Pocock in gold…While Barrett is the conductor of the All Blacks orchestra, Pocock is the Lone Ranger for the Wallabies.

"For the second week in a row, the Wallabies have copped floggings of 38-13 and 40-12, with Pocock the sole Wallaby standout cleaning up the mess, pilfering, making tackles and looming in support…Simply he's just a damn good footballer with tons of rugby nous – the best in the team by the length of the straight." (Nick Mallett): "…in the second half, it seemed as though it was just wave after wave of good decisions, accurate passing, intelligent running, good support play and distribution of players.

"This guy [Beauden Barrett], to think that people were saying [Richie] Mo'unga should have played. That was just to get him to up his game from a New Zealand perspective. He was absolutely sensational.

"The All Blacks play the 1-3-3-1 distribution, where they leave a loose forward or hooker wide and there are a few forwards playing off 10. Their skills are just so good, we have got a hell of a lot to do [to catch up].

"I do think that Australia played a style of rugby that suited New Zealand. They tried to play New Zealand rugby against New Zealand and they really got picked off, especially off turnovers.

"You have to look at the defence as well. I think [Kurtley] Beale is brilliant on attack, but is a revolving door on defence. They were going left and right of him, he was bouncing off tackles and you just can't do that against New Zealand. You have to play the perfect play to beat them, you have to hold onto more ball than they have because you cannot give them 50 percent possession. Your defence has to be absolutely rock solid."