Defensive effort pleases Hansen

Date published: September 6 2014

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Keeping a spirited Argentina outfit without a try left All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen feeling delighted in Napier.

Keeping a spirited Argentina outfit without a try left All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen feeling delighted in Napier.

Los Pumas threw everything at their hosts in an adventurous performance, but couldn't cross the whitewash.

Praising the opposition while point out his team's 'intent and purpose', Hansen believes Argentina aren't far away from 'getting over the hump.'

“Very pleased with the intent and purpose of the side. Yes they made a few mistakes but we made them trying to do things and play positive rugby,” Hansen told Reuters.

“You saw a very good Argentina side who are not far from getting over the hump and beating teams.

“They're very physical up front and got some tidy backs so it took a very good defensive effort throughout the game to keep them tryless.”

Much had been made of how New Zealand would handle an Argentine scrum, but the All Blacks edged the contest.

Winning one against the head at the end of the first half even led to a crucial try for Liam Messam.

“Our scrum at times can be underestimated. We scored a try right on half time off their ball and then when the subs came on we scored a good one under the post,” added Hansen.

“From a scrummaging point of view we can be pretty proud.”

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