Whatever happens overnight this All Black side over the last four years has been a very good one. The record proves that, and it contains several of the great All Blacks of all time, and that is not just the ones retiring. Steve Hansen will retain his job, which is correct, and a relief from the growing slavery to the Four Year Cycle.
Whatever happens overnight it will be the final test for four All Black centurions. That is a statistic that is unlikely to ever be repeated.
Whatever happens overnight it looks like we are on the verge of a good Bledisloe Cup era. The lop-sided nature of the competition over the last few years has taken some of the gloss off it as a top level contest. But with the best players in this Wallaby side being comparatively young, we can expect some tight matches over the next few years.
Whatever happens overnight Michael Cheika is a welcome addition to the sporting landscape. Intelligent, funny and unpredictable is always a good mix.
Whatever happens overnight we should never forget the route the Wallabies have taken in getting to the final. Not only did they top the Pool of Death they played the top two nations in that group last, before heading into the play-off matches. The mental difficulty in such a sequence of matches was highlighted by the fact that the team that came closest to beating them was Scotland.
Whatever happens overnight the debate over whether the first team to win the Rugby World Cup three times should keep it will fill in the quieter moments over the next few months.
Whatever happens overnight it will be a better watch than the last Rugby World Cup final.
Whatever happens overnight Richie McCaw will be offered a knighthood again.
Whatever happens overnight there will be lots of photos of John Key in the dressing room afterwards to start the week.
Whatever happens overnight the guy who put $400,000 on the All Blacks at $1.35 is an idiot.