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Martin Devlin: All Blacks' success should be celebrated

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By Martin Devlin

Published: 9:48AM Monday September 17, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Hey guess what disgruntled rugby fans? Or am I being unfairly presumptious even asserting that some/all/a vocal few seem disagreeably unhappy with the form of our All Blacks at this moment?

Perhaps it's just an unfair over-representation of dissatisfied media carping the side that's influencing my/our perceptions this morning, when in fact most people thoroughly appreciate the over-achievements of this nigh-invincible team of ours?

Honesty time folks.

This epistle is celebratory and deliberately so. It's unashamedly congratulatory and for very good reason. Let the critical post-match analysis and/or rancour happily unabated in discussion forums way more important than this'll ever be, for me, I'm just enjoying the fact we've won 14 in a row!

Tonga 41-10
Japan 83-7
France 37-17
Canada 79-15
Argentina 33-10
Australia 20-6
France 8-7
Ireland 42-10
Ireland 22-19
Ireland 60-0
Australia 27-19
Australia 22-0
Argentina 21-5
South Africa 21-11

Seven consecutive wins at Rugby World Cup 2011, then three against Ireland, two over Australia and one more each over the Argies and Jaapies.

The only teams we haven't bowled in this current run are England (who we last lost to in 2003) and Wales (make that 1953).

Seven of the 14 wins have been without champion first five-eighth Dan Carter. The last seven wins have been achieved without the monstrous blindside presence of Jerome Kaino. We won the RWC with no DC and Richie with a crocked foot.

At various times this year we've been without world-class troops such as Woodcock, Mealamu, Cory Jane, Conrad, Israel, Ali Williams, Kieran Read, Richard Kahui and many others I can't immediately recall.

No matter how much of a glass-half-empty you want to view this current run through, 14 in a row is something every other team/coach/player/fan in the world would take every day, no questions asked.

My Mum has a saying: "There are people who moan if their bum's on fire and moan if you're putting it out". Sometimes I do wonder if she actually meant the vocal minority who support our World Champion national team.

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