All Blacks get 70 percent from coach
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But for the moment, as the side extended its winning run to 15 Tests, he was delighted in the opportunism from first five-eighths Aaron Cruden that produced the match-winning try for Conrad Smith in the 76th minute.
"I think it was one of those games where someone had to take it by the scruff of the neck and say 'we'll stop doing what we've been doing and have a crack at you'.
"Logic would say Crudes [Aaron Cruden] should have kicked the goal but I think England would have enjoyed that because they would have come back.
"We needed to break the deadlock somehow. He played an option that was there to play and we're always encouraging them to play what is in front of them. We were very calm in the box and supported what he did," he said.
Skipper Richie McCaw said he agreed with his coach on that matter because if players were always looking at him to make decisions they would never take opportunities.
"I was ready to point at the posts but he thought better of it and at the end of the day it paid off," he said.
Hansen said it was a dour, physical game with a lot of errors, which the All Blacks would put down to rustiness, and England would probably do the same, but many were also caused by pressure from the opposition.
"We've got a lot of work to do between now and next Saturday," he said.
McCaw said it felt as if the side was half a yard off the pace in the first half of the game. But the second half had been much better.
Hansen said either side could have won the game but he didn't think either side lost it.
"One team won it, and one person made a decision to change how we were playing in a vital moment and that's what rugby is about and having people brave enough to do that," he said.
The handling issues which affected both teams would be looked at by the All Blacks and Hansen said it might just be a one-off when people normally as safe as Ben Smith and Israel Dagg dropped balls.
"They were good kicks so they were under pressure. Again, we'll go away and have a look at the tapes and we won't panic, that's the big thing. We'll go away and work on the things we need to work on and come back excited about what is going to be a really great challenge in a three Test match series," he said.
England coach Stuart Lancaster said there was frustration in the side at not being able to achieve an upset win.
But he congratulated the All Blacks for an 80-minute effort and he said he was proud of England's game, especially with so many top players sitting in the stand.
With the second Test in mind, Lancaster said his selection would be made looking at the bigger picture which was next year's Rugby World Cup and giving players experience in New Zealand.
The effort by the side had made his second Test selection difficult.
"We'll learn a lot from this game, I think we do that well as a team and we do learn quickly," he said.
England had missed a chance to win the game. At 15-all it was all about how teams close out the game and England had not taken the chance to clear their territory and put pressure on the All Blacks in their own half.
The second Test in Dunedin would now be a 'massive' game for the side and while they had come into the Test series believing they could win, they had to deliver.
"The game next week is huge for us. We want to tie the series and go to the decider in Hamilton," he said.
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