All Blacks: keeping contest in context

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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3rd January, 2013
You would think the whole idea of sport is that the score settles the argument. As often as not, though, the score gives the argument fresh legs. Take the All Blacks’ 38-21 loss to England in their final game of 2012. A close rugby match is one in which the winning margin is six points or fewer, because a last-minute converted try to the losers would have reversed the result. Conversely, a margin of 15 points or more is a hiding, since making up the deficit would have required at least three scores. So although the Twickenham upset would seem to speak for itself, there were contrasting ...

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