For all the good the Wallabies provided, they will look back at what could have been.
Former Wallaby Justin Harrison, a second-rower who was there when Australia last won in New Zealand against the All Blacks, nailed it in the 44th minute as their big chance was left out on the field.
With the Wallabies trailing 21-15, the All Blacks down a man, Michael Hooper opted for the sideline and then it all went belly up as they lost the turnover and the wheels came off.
“If you’re the Wallabies, you’re thinking the ‘what-if’ then,” Harrison said on Stan Sport after the lost lineout was followed by giving away a penalty.
“You’re thinking about consolidating pressure, you’ve got to mount scoreboard pressure, of course, (with) the yellow card, it’s enticing, go to the sideline, think about a maul, get a try. Think about points, think about scoreboard pressure, that’s too easy…