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Try scorer Coles happier with pack

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Lynn McConnell     17 Aug 2015     Getty Images

And while the departure of the likes of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith captured the attention, Coles contributed his own skills to the effort with a startling 40m break to score the side's second try.

He said Carter had taken the ball to the line and had slipped him the ball and he tried to run as fast as he could for the goal-line.

But as satisfying as his stunning run was, he took just as much pleasure out of the effort of the forward pack, especially after the scrutiny they had been under following the disappointments of Sydney.

The turnaround in Auckland had been massive when compared to the week before.

"We really wanted to make a statement tonight," he said.

However, he was equally mindful that it shouldn't take a loss to rev them up to show how much it meant to them.

"Hopefully, moving forward, we can do that sort of effort week in and week out," he said.

Even with the margin of the win, the All Blacks didn't feel they had completely subdued the Australians until they had put the game beyond them with their three quick second half tries.

But they were still in for the challenge, he said.

"But at every scrum the boys were geeing each other up, it was just awesome. It was a special Test to be part of.

Nonu, who hadn't been involved in the Sydney loss, said he hadn't had to add anything extra to the mix in preparation for the game.

"If you lose a game of rugby you know how it feels, they don't need me to tell them what they need to work on," he said.

It had been good to see Dan Carter playing well inside him and he would take a lot of confidence from his display.

"I've always believed in Dan Carter and he played really well tonight," he said.

The McCaw ovation and the crowd staying behind for a special presentation to him had been overwhelming.

"He thoroughly deserves that and all of us from the team have got nothing but respect for him," he said.

Prop Tony Woodcock said the effort went some way to showing the All Blacks could still be physical.

He felt the scrum improvement was down to a better attitude generally and having tidied up one or two things in the effort.

"Throughout the game we showed good composure, a great attitude and just the want, I think," he said.

"We all knew what went wrong the week before and personally you know you need to pull your socks up and to get a wee kick up the bum as well is extra motivating," he said.