Still have plenty to work on
is to like him (he’s one of a tiny handful of players who shakes hands before an interview begins) so there was a special pleasure to see that good guys can not only come back, but also be winners.
And then there was Vaea Fifita. We had the highly unusual experience during the week of hearing Steve Hansen pump up the volume on a new ,untried player, which is something that occurs with about the frequency of a lunar eclipse.
It certainly seemed like testing fate, but, as, to be fair, often happens, Mr Hansen knew what he was doing. Fifita’s try was so spectacular it wouldn’t look out of place in a highlights reel alongside the greatest ever solo try by an All Black forward, the staggering run by Ian Kirkpatrick against the Lions in Christchurch in 1971.
What makes the test with South Africa next Saturday absolutely fascinating is wondering which All Black side will turn up. If it’s the second half edition from last night they should have a good win. But if it’s the first half version, hold all bets.
All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett scored a try in front of his home crowd.