Hansen praises clinical performance

Date published: August 24 2013

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen is delighted with the way his side took their chances in Saturday's 27-16 win over Australia.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is delighted with the way his side took their chances in Saturday's 27-16 victory over Australia in Wellington.

Ben Smith crossed the white-wash twice and Tom Taylor added 14 points off the tee on debut to hand New Zealand their 27th successive victory on home soil.

It was also the host's 15th win in a row in New Zealand against Australia, dating back to 2001 and secured the Bledisloe Cup against their trans-Tasman rivals for the 11th year in a row.

“The biggest factor was the ability to make the most of our opportunities. When we had opportunities we scored tries,” said Hansen.

“I think we only missed two or three the whole night. Whereas they created opportunities and, other than the intercept, they didn't take them.”

Tony Woodcock had a big influence in his 100th Test match. His pack was dominant, frequently pushing Australia off their own scrum ball and winning several penalties in the process.

Hansen though, didn't mind that it wasn't the most attractive game of rugby.

“It probably wasn't our prettiest Test match but it was good enough and we'll take that, especially when we win the big prize of the Cup,” he added.

The victory puts the All Blacks are in pole position to defend the Rugby Championship trophy.

Hansen didn't overlook the good work done on debut by Taylor, who had big boots to fill as a replacement for Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett, who are all injured..

“He was the confident, mature young player that we thought he would be,” said the All Blacks coach.

“Everyone knows he's the fourth choice and he comes with a lot of pressure, because he's the son of an All Black (Warwick Taylor).

“I thought he coped tremendously well all week.”

New Zealand's next assignment is against Argentina on 7 September at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.