A lacklustre effort in Sydney followed by an emphatic nilling at Eden Park (for the first time in 50 years), locked the Bledisloe Cup in the NZRU trophy cabinet for yet another year on Saturday (and what's more, the Bledisloe is sitting next to the glistening William Webb Ellis Cup too).
That's been a bit of a bitter pill to swallow for some Wallabies supporters and the knives have been coming out as fans and past players a-like look to deflect their woes.
'Dingo Deans' - the foreigner in the ranks is the one to blame for many. Is the criticism warranted though?
Deans is the best man for the job
Deans ultimately is the decision maker for this Australian side. He has sole control over selection, tactics and the general direction of the team, so it is only natural that questions be asked of him when results don't pan out quite as expected.
The two matches against the All Blacks obviously didn't help his cause with the Australian public. No fan wants to see their team lose to their biggest rivals. Being nilled just rubs more salt into the wounds. Deans has even been labelled a 'trojan horse' by some as a result of the losses; supposedly 'helping to destruct Australia from within'.
Let's be real for a moment though. Australia haven't actually held the Bledisloe Cup in over 10 years and Deans anyhow has only been at the helm for around half of that period (since 2008).
When you consider that NZ have also been the dominant side in world rugby for most of that time, should we really have been expecting anything different in the Bledisloe encounters this year?
Perhaps we might have thought the two would be closer in the score line, but the All Blacks are World Champions for a reason. The weight of past World Cup agonies seem to have been lifted from their shoulders too and clearly they are going to be the team to beat this year.
They are attempting an even more expansive style of play under Steve Hansen and there are going to be occasions where it really comes off for them this year. The way they changed the point of attack against the Wallabies with their big men offloading was quite mesmeric at times.
No other side is playing that brand of footy and in my opinion, Australia nor any other side stood a chance.
Former All Black captain, Sean Fitzpatrick, made a good point in the aftermath of Saturday's game at Eden Park too, citing that whatever the coaching and tactics dished out by the respective coaches, 'Australia simply don't have the cattle' to compete with New Zealand.
I think it's pretty difficult to dispute that argument.
Looking down the team sheets, there is a clear difference in class between the Aussies and the Kiwis.
Will Genia, David Pocock and Digby Ione are probably the only three Wallabies who are truly 'World Class', and by that I mean, any team in the world would happily have them in their side.
Compare that with New Zealand and I would argue that Woodock, Mealamu, Franks, McCaw, Reid, Carter, SBW, Jane and Dagg could all feasibly fit into that category. Aaron Cruden too (arguably NZ's best player in the 2012 Super 15) isn't even getting a start.That says a lot about their relative strength in depth.
Perhaps a more appropriate time for an appraisal of Deans' performance therefore would be when the Wallabies face South Africa and Argentina later on in the competition. Expecting Deans to work wonders against the World Champions seems a little unfair.
SA and Argentina are more winnable contests. That is where one can really judge Deans and his influence.
Don't forget that Deans did already lead the Wallabies to a 3-0 series victory over Wales (the Six Nations champions) in June too. That shouldn't be downplayed, no matter how narrow the victories were.
The embarassing loss to Scotland prior to the series can be put down to extentuating circumstances; freakish weather in Newcastle and a lack of front line players available due to poor organising from the ARU. Deans' fault alone? Not in my opinion.
If you don't agree and you think it's time for Deans to go, that is fair enough, but just think hard about the replacements Australia has available.
Michael Foley? No. Ewen McKenzie? Well there might be growing support for Queensland Reds' incumbent coach, but he doesn't seem ready for the challenge to me....
One good season with the Reds shouldn't justify an international Head Coaching position. He had some difficulties this year with the Reds and came a little unstuck without the magic of Quade Cooper at his disposal. Topping the Australian conference almost occurred by default. His tactics were found out against stronger opposition.
In comparision, Dean's CV is almost flawless. He's been successful in the Ranfurly Shield, the NPC and his Crusaders side set the benchmark in Super Rugby for a number of years under his stewardship.
He, crucially, enjoyed repeated success year on year. Those successes surely should earn him the right to prove the doubters wrong. It almost secured him the All Blacks job after all!
If there are problems with Australian rugby, it's down to more than just Deans. Just take a look at the plight of the Aussie Super 15 sides this year as an example.