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    08 Sep 2018     Getty Images

Having made seven selection changes before the Test, they lost lock Brodie Retallick and second five-eighths Ngani Laumape in the first 10 minutes.

Coach Steve Hansen told Sky Sports it had been a good lesson for the All Blacks.

"We had a few changes early that we weren't expecting and it was a good challenge for us. We had both Ardie [Savea] and Shannon [Frizell] having to go 80 minutes and neither one of them have done that in a Test match before," he said.

Frizell reached a point in the game when he could have gone one way or the other, Hansen said, but he got a second wind and just when they needed to he and Savea both stepped up to the plate.

Savea had done a lot of work out of sight in the first half and it was one of those games where he had to keep going to the wall and eventually it broke, he said.

"What pleased me most was the mental fortitude when we got put under pressure. We stayed in the fight and didn't panic. There was a period there when I don't think we touched the ball for 20 minutes. We let them have one try but it could have easily been two or three," he said.

Hansen said initial signs with the injury which forced Retallick off were that it wasn't too serious but for Retallick to leave the field that was serious enough.



The young players introduced to the starting lineup would have benefited from the circumstances that developed in the game.

"They experienced something that they haven't before, the young guys. As I've said before it's a big step up from Super Rugby. Richie [Mo'unga] got a whole 80 minutes driving the team around and whilst he knows it's not the best he can play he now knows what it's like.

"We know he'll get better and better because of that experience. Losing Ngani early on disrupted the backline and he had to deal with that. He had a few things he had to deal with and I think he came through with flying colours," he said.

Argentina's coach Mario Ledesma said they had a couple of chances in the first half, and one of them was the try ruled out for Matias Moroni, but the All Blacks had scored too many easy points.

"We didn't apply enough pressure. Belief is the main thing and I don't know whether we have that," he said.

Argentina's scrum had been on the receiving end from the All Blacks and Argentina needed to get better at that.

"We got teared [sic] apart tonight," he said.

And that had been happening for a couple of years because other teams saw it as a strength of the Argentine game.

They scored some good tries and to do that against one of the best defensive sides in the world had been a bonus.

"That's a positive," Ledesma said.