New Zealand coach Steve Hansen admitted to receiving what he'd expected from a physical South Africa in their 14-10 victory on Saturday.
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen admitted to receiving what he expected from a physical South African outfit in their 14-10 home victory on Saturday.
The Wellington triumph was hard-fought as the Springboks, led by the strong Duane Vermeulen, scored early through winger Cornal Hendricks.
But the All Blacks managed to recover with a try from Richie McCaw and the boot of Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett seeing them to the points.
“That was everything we expected from the Boks. They're great competitors,” revealed All Blacks boss Hansen after the Westpac Stadium wrestle.
“It probably wasn't the prettiest game in the world to watch I wouldn't imagine, but it was a tough, tough test.”
He added: “Our links between winning the ball and playing with it with out backs were poor at times.
“We'll have to have a look at that and see what the problem was.”
The Rugby Championship now takes a week off before the All Blacks travel to Argentina and South Africa host Australia in Round Five.