All Blacks will keep feet on ground - Retallick

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Lynn McConnell     24 Aug 2014     Getty Images

He added the challenge for them was to repeat the effort in two weeks time in the Test against Argentina in Napier.

Retallick said the side knew they were better players than they showed last week in the first Bledisloe Cup Test and they had been out to prove a point in the game, not only to their critics but also to themselves, that they were up to the job.

The forwards had been working hard on their scrummaging for a long time while the concentration on lineout drives had been more intensive recently.

Retallick said it was 'an awesome feeling' to put in the effort at a pushover try attempt to pull your head up and see the referee heading under the posts for a penalty try.

That arose moments after Retallick demonstrated the powers of his intent which had been so obvious in numerous contributions he made to the game when he launched a tremendous drive at the goal-line.

Referee Romain Poite lay flat on the ground in the in-goal area in an attempt to make a ruling on the grounding of the ball but called for a five-metre scrum.

Retallick didn't feel he got the ball down in the sensational driving effort at the line just before the side posted their penalty try.

"The last time I scored a try it was at Eden Park, so it would have been nice to get another one," he said.

Retallick belied the fact that he was playing only his 29th Test as he constantly featured in runs with the ball in hand, always making ground and managing passes that would have done his backline proud.

These skills complemented his core duties of lineout, restarts and scrummaging duties for what in many people's minds was a man of a match display when there were any number of challengers for the honour.

Hooker Dane Coles said there was a lot of satisfaction among the tight five as a result of the effort.

He said the requirement from the coaches all during the week was for the tight forwards to be tougher and to dominate.

"We had to go to a few dark places tonight and I think we did that," he said.

Coles acknowledged the contribution of Retallick and Sam Whitelock.

"They've both got huge tickers, even [in] the scrum they're awesome, good pushers, real mongrel boys who will go 80 minutes. When you've got guys like that it makes our job a little bit easier," he said.

The penalty try against Australia was a severe psychological blow and he knew what that was like having experienced it himself.

"It was a good week [of preparation] and we knew we had to prepare well to get the performance we wanted tonight and I think we just came out and played All Black footy. Our clean out and tackles were awesome and the tight five, and the whole eight, laid that platform for the backs to do their thing."

Coles said motivation would not be a problem in the future after the kick in the backside the players had from coaches Steve Hansen and Mike Cron. He said he never wanted another kick in the pants and motivation would involve plenty of personal pride in the future.

The All Blacks had laid a line in the sand and it was a case of building on Saturday night's performance, he said.