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Hansen hails 'great Test match'

14th June 2014 13:42


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Pleased: Steve Hansen

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen was pleased to clinch the series off the back of an entertaining Test in Dunedin.

A second half blitz from the world champions saw them take the lead thanks to tries from Ben Smith, Julian Savea and Ma'a Nonu.

England hit back late on to leave the final score at 28-27, but the All Blacks were worthy winners.

Hansen had plenty of praise for the opposition ahead of the final Test in Hamilton next weekend.

"We certainly played better than in the first Test but we needed to because England were a lot better too. It was a great Test match," said Hansen.

"The ball was thrown around and everyone would have left satisfied with what they saw.

"Any series win is important for us. There's still another game to go and there's been nothing in it in the first two games.

"We're playing one of the best sides in the world and managing to come out on the right side of the result.

"We're learning about ourselves and about England, so that is useful information.

"England have always been a team we enjoy playing, particularly of late because they've been real contests. They're right up there."

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