It seems that because most people expected the New Zealanders to beat the North easily, the fact that the gap in the final score was less than one converted try led at least two distinguished ex-rugby players to be delighted by a narrow loss. I know what they meant: the North, for the most part, did play well and did play courageously. But isn't that what we should expect? And why should we not expect them to win too? They had enough chances to do so and frankly blew them. Had the scoreline been the other way round I cannot imagine anyone in New Zealand daring to suggest that the All Blacks should feel proud of anything]
So long as we allow ourselves any degree of satisfaction over narrow failures we shall continue to come off second best.