Like its other pool games, it was a win but not a victory.
The All Blacks have been expected not only to win but to win well and they haven’t yet.
This means either:
a) The gap between the top tier, the up and comers and the minnows is narrowing.
b) It’s a cunning plot by the All Blacks to appear weaker than they are by not playing their best in pool games.
c) The chances of the All Blacks making the final, let alone winning it aren’t nearly as high as many of us hoped.