As Bok supporter I’m pretty happy with that, we came into the game favourites and played like it. The team had a calm confidence about them where they knew that they’d win if they only did their job right. It wasn’t the flashiest performance but didn’t need to be and cutting out all risk just made it impossible for the All Blacks to fluke a try to bring them back into the game.
Couple of work ons though - the maul isn’t working and even if New Zealand defended well it wasn’t great against wales either. But mauling is such a part of our game that I’m pretty sure we’ll get it right soon enough.
We should also have found a way to score few more points in the first thirty when we were camped in the All Black 22. It has been a consistent issue in 2021 and 2022 so i have less faith that we’ll find solution to that one.
But my god NZ were poor. It’s hard to say if the players or the coaches are to blame, but there are bunch of guys that dont’ look up to the standards of all Blacks of the last 20years. Also a couple of the old heads were poor and having three test Centurions all misfiring at the same time makes you wonder whether they have time left in their career to turn things around.
I have never seen New Zealand have so many different issues all at the same time and the next coach will have some very tough calls to make about personnel and game plan.