New Zealand's forwards coaches can blame only themselves if the Wallabies scrum finally holds firm to break a 25-year Bledisloe Cup and Tri Nations rugby drought at Eden Park on Saturday week.
They let the powerhouse 120-kilogramme prop Sekope Kepu slip through their fingers after converting him from a number eight just six years ago when he dreamt of being an All Black.
Kepu's now Australia's biggest Mr Fix-It after loose-head prop Benn Robinson ruptured a knee ligament.
New Zealand's scrum guru Mike Cron, All Blacks forwards coach Steve Hansen and Samoa's current coach Aussie McLean advised Kepu to switch to loose-head prop when he was in the New Zealand Under-19 team in South Africa in 2005.
The Sydney-born Auckland-raised Tongan is likely to go head-to-head with Owen Franks, a former New Zealand Under-21 teammate he rates as one of the world's top tight-heads.