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Hansen hails "special performance"

23rd August 2014 16:34

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STEVE HANSEN New Zealand

Chuffed: Steve Hansen

Both head coaches praised New Zealand's skill after they thrashed Australia by a record score in Saturday's six-try rout in Auckland.

A week after they were lucky to escape with a 12-all draw following a woeful performance in Sydney, the All Blacks returned to their best in the return Rugby Championship encounter.

"It was a special performance," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, after seeing side retain the Bledisloe Cup for a thirteenth-straight year.

"I sensed that we were going to play a lot better than the week before, because we played so poor the week before and because we trained so very well. We managed to bring our A game tonight," added Hansen.

But the All Blacks coach also tempered his praise saying it was not the perfect game and there were areas to work on.

"There're parts of that game that weren't great. We let in some soft tries for a start and there was a lot of balls that we dropped at times when we had opportunities to score," he said.

"If we sit down and allow ourselves a wee moment of satisfaction tonight to enjoy the performance then its back to work tomorrow."

The Wallabies went into the game full of confidence and expectation, believing they could improve on the draw last Saturday, only to be stunned by the All Blacks' blistering start.

Their cause was not helped by a yellow card for lock Rob Simmons midway through the first half with the All Blacks scoring two tries while he was off the field.

Dejected Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie felt his side was outplayed throughout the 80 minutes.

"It doesn't matter which sector of the game, we didn't take control or dominate any of that so it was pretty dissapointing. We can't sit here and pretend anything other than we didn't perform to our expectations," he said.

The commanding All Blacks forwards produced a monster shove at a five-metre scrum to win a penalty try for the first five-pointer of the match.

Their forward superiority was also rewarded with two tries to captain Richie McCaw from line-out drives while Julian Savea, Kieran Read and Steven Luatua also dotted down.

Aaron Cruden, producing his most influential performance deputising for injured fly-half Dan Carter, converted all the tries and landed three penalties.

The Wallabies points came from tries to Israel Folau and Hooper with Kurtley Beale kicking two conversions and two penalties.

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