After a fabulous Autumn of cross hemisphere match ups the bottom line is the All Blacks are still the number one team in the world and the All Blacks are the team by which every other team is measured.
The question the rest of us ask is ‘ have the All Blacks peaked a year out from the RWC ?’ , it is asked with a hint of hope that this All Black machine may slow down at some stage.
The All Blacks Northern Hemisphere tour was a success on a few levels.
1. They won all of their test matches.
2. A largely second and even third choice All Black outfit beat a resurgent Scotland that put up a stern fight against the mighty All Blacks.
3. When put into certain circumstances the All Blacks had to adapt and go to an alternative gameplan no better illustrated than in their second half winning performance against England.
4. Promising All Blacks players had a good tour. Dane Coles, Patrick Tuipulotu and Jeremy Thrush all had good performances on tour.
5. They gained experience in playing in British conditions ahead of next years RWC in England.
6. The All Blacks played in an important almost promotional match against the U.S.A at Soldier Field in Chicago. The All Blacks showcased their awesome creative , abrasive running rugby that makes the All Blacks the number one team in the world.
The All Blacks probably now have their minds focused on the upcoming Superrugby season which for them is the start to the build up of the RWC 2015. They look beatable but they keep not losing. Has the machine slowed down? No they are in great shape.