Thursday 23 March 2017

Peter Bills: Awesome All Blacks issue stark warning to the world

Australia 28
New Zealand 49

Peter Bills in Melbourne

New Zealand's Mils Muliaina is tackled by Richard Brown during their Bledisloe Cup match in Melbourne on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
New Zealand's Mils Muliaina is tackled by Richard Brown during their Bledisloe Cup match in Melbourne on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

This was not the perfect All Blacks performance and, besides, we won't know its true value until the World Cup next year. After all, Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire lifetime.

But as an indicator of what is possible if your philosophy focuses on attack over defence, if your mindset is to free the ball and run it as often as possible and you have the skill set to complete that task, this latest demonstration of what the game is capable of now that the law interpretations have been tweaked, was more than adequate.

A harvest of seven tries at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on Saturday means that the All Blacks have now scored 15 tries in three Tri-Nations matches this season and conceded just five.

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