South Africa 31; New Zealand 19
We could bang on about inept refereeing; we could bang on about an opposition which selectively targets opposition players in a very dubious manner; we could whinge and moan all we like, but that won't hide a thing. Tonight's performance against the Springboks at Durban is, in our humble and considered opinion, the low point of the Graham Henry coaching era. Yes, we rate this match as an even worse performance than the RWC loss to France in Cardiff.
We're not going to point fingers at individuals this morning. The All Blacks were tactically and technically inept, but worst of all, they seem to lack passion. That, quite frankly, is unacceptable to those of us who have supported the All Blacks through thick and thin over all these years. Let's face the stark reality - we are no longer the best team in world rugby. All that's left to play for now this season is the Bledisloe Cup, but retaining that will be a mere consolation prize.
Accordingly, we are calling for the debate on the All Black coaches to be reopened. Join our Facebook group Time for a Change. Sure, Henry Inc has been reappointed, but there are performance clauses in their contracts, and neither the team nor the coaches have performed this season to date. Let's see if the NZRU had the manhood to admit that it got things wrong in reappointing this coaching team, not once but twice after the debacle in Cardiff. However, we won't hold our breath!
We're not happy this morning, but at least we've got that off our chests! Credit to the South Africans, especially to Morne Steyn who scored all their points. And to the All Blacks - make no mistake - we still dearly want you to win, and to perform. That's why we're so disappointed right now.