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Hansen happy with another Championship

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    30 Sep 2018     Getty Images

They claimed the title by picking up a bonus point for their try advantage but once again there were aspects that left improvements to be worked on.

"Parts of it were messy but there were other parts that were really good and at times we played some good footy and other times we didn't play that great," Hansen told SkySport.

"But you've got to give a bit of credit to Argentina they're a very difficult side to play against, and particularly here. Five tries, got the bonus point and got the Rugby Championship so I can't complain too much.

Hansen said No.8 Ardie Savea, who was a late replacement for an ill Luke Whitelock, had been outstanding. While the All Blacks scrum had performed outstandingly, Savea had shown great control of the ball at the base of the scrum.

"He controlled the ball at the back and won us a lot of penalties because of that control, he showed a lot of pace off the back of the scrum too and his play round the park was good," he said.

There had been more progress in terms of game management. It was an evolving process and at the end of the game it had been a 'pretty young group' of players on the field.

"We've got to be really pleased with how they coped with some of the pressure," he said.

Defensively the side had demonstrated more consistency in the application of their systems in what was a high tackling night.

Another to impress was replacement tighthead Angus Ta'avao who had to cope with coming in late to join the side and to learn the systems but he had scrummed well and lifted well in the lineouts.

"I thought he did really well, he should be proud of himself. Four or five weeks ago he wasn't even thinking about being an All Black now and his dream has come true," he said.

There was also satisfaction with a 100 percent goal-kicking effort by first five-eighths Beauden Barrett.

Hansen rated goal-kicking to golf when things didn't necessarily always go to plan and he said when playing 25 games of rugby there were probably two or three times when things didn't go that well.

"You can't beat yourself up too much about it. It was a good learning experience for him to have to deal with that mentally and I think he's done that," he said.

Savea said he had been warned around lunchtime that he might be required to play. He hadn't prepared a lot at No.8 but took comfort from the support of those around him. He felt a little flustered but flanker Sam Cane had given him support and it helped the pack had been going forward for much of the game.

"It was good to get out there and play the full 80," he said.

Argentine coach Mario Ledesma said they had wanted to pressure the All Blacks but in the first half they had only two chances to score and they had taken both of them, while wing Rieko Ioane's second try could not have been any easier.

He was frustrated at Argentina's inability to score from five metre scrums and from lineouts close to New Zealand's line due to not doing 'simple stuff' well.

"Too much dropped ball and too many missed opportunities," he said.

The All Blacks were not as clinical as usual and if his side had played better they could have put them under pressure.

"I think the high hopes dazzled the boys and they couldn't handle the pressure to deliver today, especially our leaders," he said.