Patrick Tuipulotu's spirited performance against Australia at Eden Park was both a revelation and a reality check.

A revelation because you wonder why, even with the caveat that no one plays like that all the time, Tuipulotu doesn't play like that…er…all the time.

It was a reality check because it masked the fact the All Blacks have not had such a paucity of true international-class locks for many years – over 30, to be precise.

That's become even more acute with Brodie Retallick's current injury. Tuipulotu's return to form after some perplexingly quiet matches will have comforted the All Black

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