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Greater accuracy goal for All Blacks

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Sportal.co.nz     10 Jun 2013     Getty Images

Having reviewed the side's 23-13 win on Saturday night in Auckland, coach Steve Hansen said on Sunday that the exciting thing to come out of the game was that while it didn't flow and it wasn't 100 percent accurate, the opportunities, if a few things were modified, and the avoidable errors were removed, there was something to build on.

"We'll look to build on that and look to get better at it and if we do that I think we will put a lot of pressure on teams," he said.

Many of the problems the side struck arose from a lower level of ball security than normally associated with the All Blacks. But those problems could be fixed, he said.

Hansen didn't think the problems stemmed from the refereeing interpretations of Wayne Barnes. He felt there was a degree of liberality about how players entered the ruck and what they did in it but it was the same for both sides and that required players adjusting to that.

It was a case of not trying to introduce a whole gamut of new things, but to embed the specific goals the team had.

He didn't see a comparison with last year's Test series with Ireland, the first of the three-Test model that now occupies the June window.

Last year had been about completely different circumstances as the team and management looked for credibility in the post-World Cup environment. There hadn't been a great deal of experimentation but this year it was about growing the team and its experience and leadership which involved taking risks.

"Over this three-match series a lot of people will get an opportunity, some won't because they are not quite ready for that yet, they're at a different stage but those that are ready will probably get an opportunity," he said.

Reflecting on the match, and the play of hooker Dane Coles on his starting debut, Hansen said he had performed well, especially having come off limited rugby and the step up from a Super Rugby game for the Hurricanes against the Brumbies to a Test match was tough but he had handled it well.

Coles admitted to high emotions during the national anthems but Hansen was pleased to see the emotion.

"It means something to him, you want that, and how was he afterwards? I think he had a wee sense of inner satisfaction that he had done a good job.

The introduction of wing Rene Ranger raised the question of whether he should start, or be more effective as a bench player.

Hansen said he was a ball of energy and coming off the bench he could offer some 'pretty spectacular' play for 30 minutes if he was able to do that every week.

Hansen confirmed New Zealand came through the Test with no injury concerns and all the signs were that prop Tony Woodcock and halfback Piri Weepu would both be available for selection for the second Test in Christchurch.