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Many New Zealand fans may feel that the only thing that stood between them and another handsome win over Australia last week was the weather.
But even the most myopic of All Blacks supporters would have to consider altering that view if they look at the numbers from the first Test.
The New Zealand Herald's stats centre ranks week one's top tacklers, with the first four slots occupied by Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock.
Australia's Michael Hooper is sixth in the tackle league. If you didn't see the game, those figures represent a decent account of what happened. Australia could have and should have won. Against lesser players, they would have.
It would be quite a shift if we saw a major reversal in those tackle numbers in Auckland. Australia know how to apply pressure to the New Zealand rearguard, and if they have found something in last week's game tape that shows them where the chinks were, they will target those areas this time.
It will be intriguing to see just how well the coaches on both sides have done this week in spotting where the gaps are and working out either how to plug them, or how to chivvy them open.