James Mortimer 20.Oct.2012Getty Images
Deans was unable to meet the requirements set by the Australian Rugby Union this year in completing their biggest task for the year, win back the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002, and a 27-19 loss was followed up with a remarkable 22-0 shut out by the All Blacks over the Wallabies at Eden Park.
The former Crusaders boss said at the time that no team could live with the All Blacks when they are in that sort of mood, but despite winning their 14th straight test match at the time, the All Blacks continued to grow with a 54-15 win over the Pumas and a 32-16 second half shutdown of the Springboks - both victories notched on the road.
At this stage Deans still thought the All Blacks were the ultimate shadow, looming but unable to be chased down.
"They've taken their game to another level," he said.
"There's no doubt about that, as evidenced by the numbers. We've got to be better, and that's what we're chasing.
Deans denied that his team had lay down at Eden Park in their last meeting, saying quite simply the All Blacks had the edge in every department.
"It wasn't for want of trying," he said.
"But they were on top of every initiative. At some point, to do well against them, you've got to take the initiative. You can't wait for it to land in your lap."
Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe said the team had been well drilled this week, and while he felt the All Blacks might be there for the taking, he didn't deny it was going to take nothing short of a masterclass performance.
"Every team is beatable," Sharpe said.
"We have to play the best game we have played this year, and by a way as well.
"It's close to the best preparation for a long time that I can remember."
"If we can translate that into a performance on the field tomorrow night, we'll give ourselves a shot.