The warnings have been frequent and underpinned many of the superb All Black performances in Steve Hansen’s reign.

Any top team playing five per cent below their best is at risk against the other premier sides, he’d say. While there will be debate about the percentage drop in quality from the All Blacks, they struck that gruesome scenario at the worst time in Yokohama.

England played with wondrous venom and control throughout their World Cup semifinal as they dominated the tournament favourites and toppled their dreams of a third straight title.

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