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The Wallabies may have thrashed the All Blacks but that wasn’t the only test match hammering handed out in Perth.
Don’t panic. New Zealand versus Australia in rugby remains one of the most lopsided rivalries in global sport.
When you’re talking about the Black Ferns v Wallaroos, that is.
Yeah, the All Blacks played like shell-shock victims just a couple of months out from a Rugby World Cup, but worse things happen at sea, and in curtain-raisers.
*Black Ferns demolish Wallaroos
* Jones slams Barrett’s red card
* Hinton: All Blacks’ aura takes hit
* O’Connor’s regret at rugby exile
* Eddie’s England thrash Wales
Saturday evening’s 47-10 drubbing took the head-to-head record between the Black Ferns and Wallaroos to an ugly 18-0.
Those numbers are good if you’re the opening partnership for the Black Caps, not so flash if it is a win-loss record between two fierce rugby rivals – and you’re the nation sitting on a doughnut.
As Australia is rightly rejoicing the resurgence of its men’s rugby team at Aotearoa’s expense, it’s certainly fitting to reverse that narrative with a few pointed observations about what unfolded in the earlier of the two test matches.
Australia initially appeared much improved on last year’s showing in the battle for Laurie O’Reilly Cup. They played with a decent structure, were dangerous with the
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