All Blacks: When in Rome…

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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29th November, 2012
Anyone wanting proof that expectations shape conclusions need look no further than the media reaction to the All Blacks-Italy match in Rome. According to the New Zealand Herald, the All Blacks were “messy … inaccurate … all over the place”. What should have been “a bit of a doddle” turned into a “major malfunction” and a “source of serious concern”. Over at Fairfax the verdict was equally dismissive: “Italy tends to bring out the ugly in the All Blacks … Whatever it is, [they] seem to disintegrate when they face the Italians … ‘Sloppy’ is paying the ...

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