The Write Profile wrote:Well I don't really have much to say about the All Blacks vs Argentina test match that I didn't already say about the All Blacks vs Wallabies matches. Except to say that Argentina was equal and even better than the ABs in some aspects- particularly their setpieces- but still managed to lose 46-24. The ABs are just playing at a speed that's utterly dumbfounding and seems totally counter-intuitive. I mean, the ABs conceded a whopping 18 turnovers and yet none of that seemed to matter. Hansen seems to be building a team that accelerates as the match goes on, rather than the expected opposite. I don't know how good this AB side is- they need to have a proper challenger to be really assured of greatness. It's not like the 1996-97 side, which was merely one great side facing very good Wallabies and Springboks sides week-in-week-out. It's not even like the 2015 side, which knew how to dominate in extreme pressure matches like the RWC final. I guess we won't know whether they're the real thing or just a mirage until the next RWC.
It is the old: are they great or is everyone else shit - conundrum. Probably a bit of both but you get the feeling that only Ireland ( perhaps England o their day and got their shit together but all of a sudden they appear unsettled ) who can strangle teams to death or an end of tour Lions side could live with them at the moment.
There is the old Great sides need great teams to be measured against working against them and Barrett is both a strength and a weakness that can be exploited.
Their strengths are all round athleticism and great ball skills, a kille back 3 and an incredible ball playing ability in the 4-8 shirts combined with a real ruggedness.
Let's hope England regain a bit of that hard nosed ability which made them look like real challengers a year ago and Ireland stay focussed and injury free because that is where the challenge will come from by the look of it and even that is looking lacking at the moment.