The ACT Brumbies are only the second Australian side to beat their New Zealand Super Rugby counterparts in the Trans-Tasman series but Wellington Hurricanes coach Jason Holland says there is no gulf in play between the two countries.
The Queensland Reds became the first side to beat a Kiwi team last week after defeating the Waikato Chiefs 40-34.
This week the Brumbies were the only Australian side to claim a win following their 12-10 defeat of the Hurricanes on Saturday night.
The stats remain 18-2 in favour of the NZ sides after four rounds of the competition and whispers were growing louder around the depth of Australian squads.
However, Hurricanes coach Holland said there was no gulf between the two countries, it just may have taken the Australian sides a week or two to settle in.
He said he would back the two competitions joining next season to create a unified Super Rugby competition.
"I don't think you've heard too many players or coaches talking around that gap, to be honest, I think it's been blown up by [the media]," Holland said.
"We knew that coming to the Brumbies is no different to what it's always been around coming here and struggling to get a result. We've got the Reds next week and that'll be absolutely no different.
"You can see the results over the weekend, you know, there's been some pretty good games, some pretty good battles, so the gap isn't where the media have made it out to be."
The New South Wales Waratahs, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force remain without any wins in the series, with only one round remaining.
All five Australian teams share 11 points between them, compared to the Kiwis' 85 points.
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