All Blacks coach Ian Foster insists Ofa Tu'ungafasi's red card for Saturday's 24-22 loss to the Wallabies in the fourth and final Bledisloe Cup test in Brisbane.
The game was turned on its head after just 23 minutes, when Tu'ungafasi was sent off for dangerous contact to the head - a fate soon suffered by the Wallabies just 10 minutes later.
But Foster has singled out some of the Wallabies tactics.
"We were being pushed in areas and provoked in areas and again that's a tactic that teams use against us, and good on them," Foster says.
NZ hooker Codie Taylor believes the Wallabies came out with the intent to get under the skins of the All Blacks.
"They turned up and they wanted to bring that niggle, and we didn't want to do it but we answered back and weren't going to take a step back," Taylor says.
A lot has changed in seven days, but one thing that hasn't are the tackle laws.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says it all comes back to the laws of the game.
"We have got to deal with the law, and the law says contact to the head starts with a red card," Rennie says.
There was a dour mood in the All Blacks camp after the first defeat under Foster.
"It's a very clear reminder that in test match rugby nothing is taken for granted," Foster notes.
"It doesn't matter what happened last week, you've gotta keep climbing the mountain every week."
The Wallabies have proved the All Blacks are still some way off the summit.
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