New Zealand captain Kieran Read applauded his side’s effort as they bounced back to defeat Ireland 21-9 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
After losing at Soldier Field in Chicago two weeks ago, the All Blacks were much-improved on Saturday as they scored three tries to none.
Read was happy with their spirit as after a strong opening the number one team in the world held on to put their defeat in the USA to bed.
“Our start probably set the tone and then we just had to defend. We didn’t have too many chances with the ball in hand. I was proud of the boys’ effort. It was awesome out there,” he told Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen praised his young team’s character as they picked up a hard-fought victory on tour.
“We learnt a lot about them (his team) today and whilst the game wasn’t perfect there was a lot in it that we can take away and learn some more,” he said.
“They showed a lot of character. You can’t train that, you can’t coach that, it comes from within the young men themselves.
“If we had started the year with 800 Test caps away and at this point had only lost only one Test match we’d be pretty proud of them. They’re learning as they go and they will get better and better.”