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Umaga says Super uncertainty to blame for Aussie woe

A 40-33 victory for Umaga's Blues over the NSW Waratahs in Sydney and the Chiefs' 46-17 thrashing of the Queensland Reds in New Plymouth extended New Zealand's collective winning streak over Australian teams in the competition to 23 matches - and 17 this season.

Only a massive upset in any of the eight remaining trans-Tasman home-and-away fixtures can deny the New Zealand dominators a 25-0 clean sweep of their Australian counterparts in 2017.

Umaga suspects the ongoing uncertainty around which Australian team will be cut from the competition in 2018 is taking its toll.