Hansen praises AllBlacks character

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James Mortimer     17 Jun 2012     Getty Images

After beating the Irish 42-10 at Eden Park last week, it was a transformed team in green that arrived at AMI Stadium, as they took a direct and confrontational game to the world’s number one ranked team.

Some Irish commentators remarked that “the teams had swapped jerseys”, while Hansen agreed that seven days was a very long time in rugby.

“What a difference a week makes,” Hansen said.

He said the All Blacks showed character to take the win despite a brilliant Irish performance, but with the benefit of hindsight felt that preparation for the match may have been compromised after such a convincing performance last week.

“We saw a lot of character,” he said.

“I think we'll learn a heck lot out of this test match as a team, particularly in how we prepare.”

“We may have thought we'd prepared well but I don't think we have in reflection because you just don't give away stupid penalties like we did tonight if you're in the right zone.”

“Under the conditions we may have been a bit naïve at times and tried to play too much rugby in our own half. The All Blacks are often guilty of that because we play rugby and our great strength is the 15 people on the park.”

Hansen also praised the Irish efforts.

“I'd like to give Ireland a pat on the back for the way they played,” he said.

“I thought they played with a lot of control, energy and urgency.”

"In saying that, I would also like to give my own side a pat on the back for the character they showed. It was a game we probably shouldn't have won but we showed some great composure."