Rookie five-eighth Tom Taylor may have aided the All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup cause before a ball is kicked in anger.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen always seems to find a way to bring his team back to earth; a great attribute when you coach a team that rarely loses and usually excels.
Hence this week has been just another for the All Blacks as they put a 47-29 thrashing of the Wallabies in the rear-view mirror and look towards Wellington on Saturday. Expectations have risen immeasurably after the Sydney shellacking and Hansen has spent the week stamping out any visions of grandeur.
No sooner had the All Blacks returned from Sydney than they were picking their game apart. Lineouts and scrums have been pinned as focal points for improvement. Throw in a Wallabies side with dented pride and the seeds were sown on which to build urgency and edge.
When Aaron Cruden (knee) and Beauden Barrett (calf) were ruled out, a big chunk of the motivational work was done. Aside from the skills Taylor brings, goalkicking was his decisive edge over Colin Slade, he also stamps out any chance of complacency.
There is no lack of faith in the new man. ''He has an attitude that he wants to be there and he fits in, and he knows a lot of the [Crusaders] guys pretty well which makes it more comfortable,'' Hansen said of Taylor. ''We've had no trouble up-skilling him. He's got enough skills of his own.''
Taylor seemed relaxed about his call-up and, as the son of All Black Warwick, unflustered by the fuss of his pending debut.
''It's my chance to prove to myself and everyone else that I can do it,'' the 24-year-old said.
''Growing up I was lucky to have those people [All Blacks] around me to help me or make me feel comfortable and I suppose I used it to my advantage.''
He even afforded a joke that his father got out the clearly well-used tapes of his 1987 World Cup exploits out ''from time to time''.