Last year's free pass for the Waratahs coach has long expired. Now in year two and with a squad of his own making, Daryl Gibson is flattering to deceive.
Cutting or moving the Brumbies would be a disastrous decision that says Australian rugby doesn't stand for anything any more.
The Waratahs could not catch a cold in Durban.
These are the strong Waratahs teams we could see in 2018 if the Rebels or Force were cut from Super Rugby.
Another weekend, another flogging for an Australian team. No, a nip and tuck here to the format will not do when it's clear that a limb or two has turned gangrenous.
In September last year I had the cheek to question whether Rebels signing Marika Koroibete would succeed in Test rugby with the style of play that proved so fruitful in the NRL.
The best Australian effort of the weekend came in a losing effort in Christchurch. That may reflect a sad reduction in our expectations of Australian sides with talent now spread too thin over five sides, but it is true.
This year will see the revival of an old rivalry and it will be good for the game.
The simmering resentment felt in Australia among Wallabies fans over this sad affair has, at its core, some justification.
If we are lucky we might yet see the best of Piutau in a black jersey. If we are realists we have to accept that day might never come.