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Sportal.co.nz     28 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Fullback Israel Dagg said Steve Hansen and Ian Foster have been keen for new approaches to be taken by the side and it had been exciting, all the moreso because they were winning.

"We've just got to keep grounded and keep working hard and we'll reap the rewards in the end," Dagg said.

The emphasis, after a week off, would switch to the Championship newcomers Argentina.

Dagg was looking forward to their involvement.

"It's something new. It's going to be good to play against Argentina, maybe get a wee trip over there as well so can't wait," he said.

An impressive performer in securing high ball the Australians kept sending his way, Dagg said he had dropped a ball and missed a try in the first half but in the second half he tried to put all that behind him.

Dagg said the difference with the first Test a week earlier was the way the All Blacks were in the game for the full 80 minutes.

"It was a totally different game. There were lots of phases and the teams were putting their structures together and it was good to see," he said.

However, it did yield more missed opportunities and Dagg put his hand up for his missed chance in the first half when Hosea Gear was better placed.

"If we can nullify those and work on those then I think we could put teams away earlier," he said.

Dagg said first five-eighths Quade Cooper had brought a different dimension to the team but it had been the forwards who had applied the pressure on the New Zealanders on the night.

"They had us on our line for quite a bit and I thought the boys really dug deep and tackled their hearts out and got some vital turnovers in the second half that took some pressure from us," he said.

A player who had some significant performances against Australia, with tries in each of the Bledisloe Cup matches this year, he said Saturday's effort had all been down to the others, like second five-eighths Sonny Bill Williams and captain Richie McCaw who had taken the ball up to create the chance for him.

Dagg said he was unaware that he may be the subject of an offer from the Blues for Investec Super Rugby next season.

He wanted to remain grounded and focused on his game at the moment and said he was 'pretty happy' at the Crusaders.