In this particular instance I don't see how an informed, reasonable, objective viewer could say NZ were the better team overall, no. That doesn't mean that I'm against "free thought". Who do you think you are, Voltaire? It just means you lack one of those three things things, or you're being deliberately dishonest or a troll. As Hansen said, often the better team doesn't win the match. AB's showed great composure to take their chance at the end but as McCaw said, "they were barely in the game". Yes, they were better in the second half, especially the last 20 minutes, but nowhere near as dominant as Ireland in the first half, especially physically. As for your suggestion that McCaw was insincere in the post-match interview, I disagree completely. He's brutally honest when opposition teams play poorly and does not give credit when they play well, unless they truly were brilliant (he gave no credit to Ireland after the 22-19 loss last year, for example).