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New Zealand never takes any All Blacks loss well.
But Saturday’s stunning defeat to the Wallabies – after the record breaking thumping seven days earlier – has drawn more than its fair share of scathing criticism from New Zealand's media contingent.
Stuff's Richard Knowler kicked things off with a scathing assessment of both coach Ian Foster and captain Sam Cane.
"Sam Cane shouldn't hesitate to ask pointed questions of himself and his All Blacks this week," Knowler wrote.
"Because what unfolded in Brisbane on Saturday night, when the Wallabies deservedly beat the All Blacks 24-22 at Suncorp Stadium, almost defied belief."
But Knowler wasn't anywhere near as harsh as NZ Herald columnist Gregor Paul – who is never short of an opinion.
He labelled the two-point loss a "meltdown" and bizarrely compared the 2015 All Blacks to a group of Israeli assassins.
"There was a period in the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup when most of the All Blacks were watched enviously by the famed Israeli spying agency Mossad such was their ability to stay so calm and clear in the heat of battle," Paul wrote.
"Having brought in forensic psychiatrist Ceri Evans to work with the team a decade ago, the All Blacks have used his simple red head-blue head model – a similar concept to the one Mossad are believed to use to train their assassins – to try to keep themselves mentally alert in big games.
"Simply put – red head is when players are over-aroused and a touch wild and emotional. Blue head is when they are aroused, but calm, task-focused and capable of processing information.
"And even more simply put, the fabled system isn't working as well as it once was and the All Blacks are finding it increasingly difficult to locate their blue heads when they are under pressure.
"In Perth last year they went red head almost as soon as the game started and the defeat in Brisbane was as much attributable to the All Blacks' mental weakness as it was the Wallabies' physical resurrection."
While Foster believes the Wallabies went into the contest with the intent to push the niggle as far as possible, Paul does not believe great All Blacks teams take the bait.
"Red heads took over and the result was a predictable loss – built on poor decision-making, worse execution and a shapeless, thoughtless plan that seemed to be built on the flawed notion that the faster they played the better they would be," he wrote.
"Under pressure the All Blacks now revert to what they know – pass and catch and run from everywhere.
"The problem with that isn't so much the strategy itself, it is the fact they now revert to type under pressure and that is the surest sign of all that red heads are in control."
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