Another test match defeat to the All Blacks, another loss in New Zealand. A flattering one at that. Many reasons are being trotted out by fans and journalists… poor selection policy, tactical naivety, the loss of John Smit, Stu Dickinson’s poor handling of the match, and all of them hold some truth, but none of them are the reason .
We lost simply because no-one wins in New Zealand. Its a rare occurrence. More often than not you get smashed at home by them. The All Blacks have won 322 of the 433 matches played, thats a win rate of about 75%. Since their first test match in 1903, against the Australians who they decimated 22-3, the Kiwi’s have only lost to Australia, South Africa, France, England, Wales and the Lions a combined 93 times (France, Wales, And the Lions account for just 20 of those), albeit of late always in the knock out phase of the World Cup. The Tri-Nations record is even more depressing for the Bok fan, the All Blacks out of a possible 51 have won 36 compared to our measly 19 and the Australians equally poor 20.
From what i can remember and with some half hearted research, they have lost 5 times since 1990 at home. Twice to the Australians, twice to the French in 1994 and once to us in the 1998 Tri-Nations, its also worth noting the All Blacks didn’t win a game in that Tri-Nations series.
Graham Henry, in charge since 2004, may be the most disliked man in New Zealand at present but when you are on the outside looking in, 43 wins out of 49 test matches isn’t something to turn your nose up at.
Now this may sound like an elaborate attempt at misdirection but the reality is, if the team had a different look about it, and all the Boks played to the best of their abilities and Bok coach De Villiers had done a few things differently. We probably still would have lost.
Yes we had a chance to knock over the All Blacks and everyone in the tour party knows it but one would be foolish to believe that New Zealand are ever capable of producing a ‘weak team’ that will roll over at home to their greatest foe.Tweet