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First five-eighths Dan Carter said to win on the road over Argentina and South Africa was a credit to a team now two games away from a world record run of success.
It was not all bread and roses in the last Test of the Investec Rugby Championship however and the All Blacks had made it hard on themselves by conceding penalties and possession during the first half.
But the way the side came back from 12-16 down at half-time was a credit to the environment in the squad, Carter told SKYSport after the game.
"We were still confident if we got good clean ball that our game plan would work," he said.
Carter snapped over the sixth dropped goal of his Test career late in the game.
"We wanted to push the score out beyond two converted tries. I was a bit buggered after getting up out of a ruck and was back tracking when I got the ball.
"But we have been building to this all year and to prove ourselves on the road is a real credit," he said.
Kieran Read enjoyed another outstanding performance and said South Africa was never an easy place to go to and the second half had been outstanding.
"We could see if we held the ball a bit they would get tired. We wanted to run them around and we felt we were the fitter side," he said.
Wing Hosea Gear had his best game in Test rugby playing a hand in three of the four All Blacks tries. He said in the first half the All Blacks gave away too many penalties and the ball they had been able to get in the first half was messy. However, from that the All Blacks scored two tries.
"In the second half we wanted to throw the ball around and run it at them a little more," he said.