Bledisloe success pleases Hansen

Date published: August 27 2016

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen hailed his side’s composure after they retained the Bledisloe Cup by beating Australia in Wellington.

The 29-9 result was rarely in doubt as the All Blacks made it two victories from two in the Rugby Championship ahead of the week’s break.

It’s now the 14th year in a row that New Zealand have held the Bledisloe Cup and after the game, Hansen was clearly pleased with his men.

“They (Australia) threw everything at us, as we knew they would, and there was a bit of niggle and we just had to make sure we didn’t get caught up in it and kept our frustration tolerance high and just tried to play rugby,” he told Sky Sport.

“We scored some nice tries and felt our way through that and regathered ourselves at half-time and just continued. I think we really dominated that second half.

“We can be proud of what we’ve achieved in the last couple of weeks and can get a week off and start again.”

He added on Anton Lienert-Brown’s strong debut: “He played with a lot of confidence and that’s a credit to him and the people around him.”

Meanwhile, right wing Israel Dagg was also delighted with his team’s performance as he ended the game with two tries to his name.

“The whole team played extremely well. It was tough out there, we had to dig deep and we got there in the end,” he said.