FourFourSeconds ago, the All Blacks were battling the All Whites in the final four of the Rugby Championship.
The All Blacks, who are currently sitting on the bottom of the table, would have to play two of their most important matches in the coming weeks to keep themselves afloat.
While the Wallabies have a chance to close the gap on New Zealand in the last eight, the New Zealanders have to beat the Wallaby to do the same in the semi-finals.
The last four of this Rugby Championship is shaping up to be one of the most intense of the season.
There are a number of factors to consider, but the most obvious one is the quality of the competition.
The Wallabies will have the opportunity to play a number more top teams in the quarter-finals and even the final, as well as potentially the semi finals, as they do not have to travel to Australia and South Africa.
It will also mean they will have a few extra days off between matches to recover from injury.
This means it will be important for them to take advantage of their bye-week to prepare for the semi final and the final.
The same can’t be said of the All Black’s semi-final opponents, who have to overcome a very strong and tough opposition in the New South Wales and Victoria Cup semi- finals.
The New Zealander are not as well-known as the Wallahs, who can afford to take their time in the competition, and are yet to make it to the final in their first four years in the tournament.
The only chance they have of playing the All White is in the finals, which means a full week of training, and playing a number one side will be crucial for the Wallabys.
The key for both sides is to be ready to compete for the title of best team in the world at the end of the four-match tournament.
In this preview, we take a look at the two teams who are likely to be at the top of the rankings in their respective conferences and how they could go head-to-head.
The Lions are not the first team to lose a World Cup final, but their run is far from over.
The side’s last defeat was to Argentina in the 2013 World Cup, which they lost 7-5 to the All Stars.
This time around, the Lions face an All Blacks side that is unbeaten in six games and a team that has lost only two times all season.
The two sides have played in each other’s last three matches and the Lions are unbeaten in their last six, having played five of their last five games.
The biggest difference between this match and last year’s final will be the inclusion of two All Blacks players in the starting XV, with the likes of Rob Simmons and James Horwill not playing for the first time this year.
The starting XV has been the same since 2015, with all three All Blacks starting and playing in their final match of the year, with Simmons playing as a centre.
It is not a massive change, but it will allow the Lions to make changes to the backline that were a big part of last year.
New Zealanders winger Lachlan Coote is the No.2 centre in the side, with his experience and experience is an asset to this side.
His pace, strength and versatility are huge, with Cootes pace also being one of his most potent weapons.
He is capable of kicking the ball into tight spaces, which is what he does so well.
He also makes the Lions defence work hard and does a good job of getting out of scrums.
The backline has not been particularly effective this year, and it will see that change in the upcoming game.
There has been a few times where the Lions have made a mistake with their backs, but they are a very dangerous side in attack and will be hoping to turn the tables in this game.
If New Zealand can do enough to get into a rhythm in attack, the side will have difficulty finding the breakthrough, as their forwards are still very capable.
The match could be a test for both teams as they are both in the middle of their run.
This is an important match for the All Blues, who will have to get back to winning ways and stay in the hunt for the trophy.
The all Blacks have lost only once all season, and will have plenty to prove to themselves as they face the Lions.