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And the sport lead head­line in Bris­bane’s Sunday Mail was just as bru­tal, com­plete with a sil­ver fern con­torted into a one-fin­ger ges­ture: “Cup yours - All Blacks hand fi­nal Bledis­loe in­sult to Wal­la­bies.

Eye goug­ing al­le­ga­tions and referee com­plaints aside, the tem­per­a­ture re­mained barely luke­warm in Aus­tralian me­dia out­lets about their rugby team who im­proved from Syd­ney but were still out­played in Welling­ton. “Wor­ry­ingly, the gap be­tween the two na­tions seems as far apart as it’s ever been,” Pandaram con­tin­ued. “Here, the Ki­wis won scor­ing four tries to nil, mak­ing the tally 10 tries to one across both games af­ter their record 42-8 away vic­tory in Syd­ney last week­end. “Af­ter the em­bar­rass­ment of that re­sult, Aus­tralia breathed fire and brim­stone, put their shoul­ders to more work this time around, but fell short in fun­da­men­tal ar­eas while the black tide re­fused to re­lent un­til they drowned.”

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