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All Blacks complete stage one

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Lynn McConnell     24 Aug 2014     Getty Images

Australia had been surprised by the intensity of the All Blacks assault as they made more mistakes at the start of the game than they had in all of the first encounter a week earlier in Sydney.

Hansen said it had been a 'special performance' and was born of the fact the side had only seven days for another opportunity to redeem themselves.

"I'm very pleased, and very proud of the team," he said.

And while Australia had a poor night, they were a good team and would bounce back, he said.

So far as New Zealand was concerned they would be aiming to improve on the performance in their remaining games in the competition, Hansen said.

Aaron Cruden had stood up and driven the game and played the structures the side wanted.

"When you compare what happened last week he would be very, very happy with where he was tonight.

Backs coach Ian Foster said Cruden had learned a lot of lessons from the Sydney game.

"He sat back last week and let the game unfold without taking control of it and you learn those lessons. It was a big stage last week and the fact he applied his lessons today and really took control of the ball in hand game was fantastic," he said.

Captain Richie McCaw said the forward effort had resulted from the front five having the acid put on them during the week because in the first game the All Blacks felt they had been beaten in the contact area and the result was they set the platform for the rest of the side.

"Rugby is a hell of a lot easier when you get some go-forward when winning the contact and that's pretty much the difference for the majority of the game," he said.

Having been sin-binned so early in the game McCaw said he was happy the side conceded nothing in his absence. The infringement was a reflex action that he wished as soon as he had done it that he hadn't.

The lineout drives which produced two tries for him had been worked on hard during the week and was another off-shoot of the pressure put on the front five.

Winning the Bledisloe Cup for another season had been one of the first aims of the campaign and it had been done.

"I love winning that big trophy and having a drink out of it, it is pretty satisfying," McCaw said.