Hansen backs Blacks to improve on Australia demolition
Published 24/08/2014 | 02:30
ALL BLACKS coach Steve Hansen was quietly satisfied with his side's 51-20 thrashing of Australia to retain the Bledisloe Cup yesterday, even if he felt they could have played better.
The world champions ran in six tries, two from captain Richie McCaw, with an intense performance of controlled fury borne out of the frustration of a poor outing last week in the 12-12 draw in Sydney. The score was the highest New Zealand had achieved against Australia in 151 Test matches, eclipsing the 50-21 victory in Sydney in 2003.
Hansen, while pleased with the "special performance", felt there was still plenty to work on after they return from their week off and begin preparations for their next Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Napier on September 6.
"There were parts of that game that were not great," said Hansen. "We let in some soft tries, there were a lot of dropped balls and we blew opportunities to score points. We will strive to try and improve that."
Hansen said that while there were things to work on, he was still proud of the outcome. "Is it something to be proud of? Of course it is," he added. "Australia are a very good rugby side. They just had a bad day at the office."
McCaw, who praised his tight forwards for laying the foundation for the win, was pleased his side had managed to consolidate during his spell in the "naughty chair" and not concede any points, apart from the penalty for his initial indiscretion.
"I was feeling a bit stupid sitting there," the captain said with a sheepish grin, as well as agreeing with his coach it had been "dumb".
"I'm glad we didn't concede too much while I was there," he added. "I don't know why I did that. It was a reflex. I wished as soon as I had done that I hadn't."
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