In attack, the loss of Matt To’omua due to a groin injury seemed to take the spice out of the Wallabies’ shape.
Jordy Petaia replaced To’omua and he was superb at outside centre but Hunter Paisami doesn’t fit the two playmaker mould coach Dave Rennie has run with since taking charge.
The kicking game took a hit and that allowed the All Blacks to do what they do best – counterattack.
Caleb Clarke played just his second Test this afternoon but he was the man of the match. It’s hard not to watch the Auckland Blues star through the lens of Jonah Lomu.
The Wallabies must now win both the Sydney and Brisbane Bledisloe’s to win the series. That’s not impossible but it’s certainly a tall order.