Syd­ney Morn­ing Herald

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The Syd­ney Morn­ing Herald gave promi­nence to Wal­la­bies coach Michael Cheika’s com­plaint over his All Blacks coun­ter­part Steve Hansen’s pre-match meet­ing with referee Ro­man Poite, and al­le­ga­tions of foul play against prop Owen Franks dur­ing a tan­gle with Kane Dou­glas. But the main head­line was to the point: “All Blacks pile more Bledis­loe pain on Wal­la­bies”. Rugby writer Tom De­cent wrote the World Cup fi­nal be­tween the two sides seemed like an eter­nity ago. “Last week the All Blacks cut through Aus­tralia’s de­fence like wet pa­per, but this time around Cheika’s call for his men to be more ro­bust was an­swered, in patches. “They weren’t per­fect but given the dire pre­dic­tions through­out the week, the Wal­la­bies far from em­bar­rassed them­selves.

“As for the All Blacks? Their 20-point win may have looked more like a game of touch footy than a test match, such was the pace it was played at. It was their 42nd con­sec­u­tive win at home and 19th on the trot against the Wal­la­bies in New Zealand.” - Rugby Heaven

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