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.”