Hansen praises his mentally tough All Blacks

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James Mortimer     07 Oct 2013     Getty Images

This is a side that has shown they have the ability to beat off anything thrown at them, and Ellis Park was no different as an early advantage to the Springboks gave way to a five try showing from the All Blacks who wrapped up the tournament with a bonus point, before closing down the win.

They haven’t lost to South Africa since being World Champions, despite the Springboks perhaps the most formidable challenge that the All Blacks have been presented with since winning the global crown over France at Eden Park.

Hansen, with four straight wins against the Springboks and two away wins in South Africa during his reign so far, hailed his troops.

"The boys showed a lot of character," he said.

"We are thrilled with the win and the manner in which we got it.

"Two yellow cards meant we played 20 minutes with 14 men. We came through that first half pressure well, which demonstrates the mental strength of the group."

Tactically Hansen said the All Blacks executed the plan to perfection, and said that the match was something a lot of people could be proud of.

"In modern rugby you must have a lot of ball carriers and we had that today," he said.

"Our scrum held up well, our line-outs were good, and we defended brilliantly.

"Coming to Johannesburg after all the travel and giving a performance like this can only make you proud to be a New Zealander."