All Black stunner: Shades of Boks' Durban crash (2015) to Pumas

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Pablo Matera of Argentina makes a break during the 2020 Tri-Nations rugby match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Argentina Los Pumas at Bankwest Stadium on November 14, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Pablo Matera of Argentina makes a break during the 2020 Tri-Nations rugby match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Argentina Los Pumas at Bankwest Stadium on November 14, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Let’s say the shovel is within convenient enough reach if required ... but am I digging a hole for the official burial of New Zealand as a current frontline rugby power?

No, I’m still holding off on that ... even it goes a little against the grain of chortling sentiment to the contrary right now.

That is despite the All Blacks’ sensational, rugby planet-shaking 25-15 reverse to a sublime, super-pumped Argentina on Saturday, meaning a rare second loss on the trot for them considering the 24-22 defeat to Australia in Brisbane (with a near B-team, it has to be said) a week earlier.

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