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No weaknesses in All Blacks wall

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Sportal.co.nz     28 Aug 2012     Getty Images

The Wallabies were kept to zero in Saturday night's Eden Park Test which confirmed the All Blacks as Bledisloe Cup champions for the 10th year in a row.

It was the second time in three Tests that New Zealand's opposition had failed to register a point, following on from the 60-0 annihilation of Ireland in the third Steinlager Series Test in mid-June.

Even more impressive is the fact the All Blacks have not conceded more than one try since the pool stages of the World Cup, against Canada nine Tests ago. That was with a below-strength side, with two tries also let in the previous outing with France.

Read, an ever-present force in the defensive line, was proud of an effort that kept the Wallabies well away from their goal-line at Eden Park.

"Defence comes from heart, character and commitment - this team epitomises that," he said.

"The structures are working great.

(The Wallabies have) definitely got attacking players but we shut them down well, made them kick a lot and that gave us confidence to continue to work away.

"At the end of the game the boys were pretty tired so there could have been gaps opening up but we did well to keep them to zero."

There was a feeling their own side of the scoreboard could have been higher than 22, having scored only one try despite gaining 60 percent of possession and 64 percent territory.

"I think there's definite (room for) improvement," Read said. "You look out there today, the opportunities we're creating and not finishing.

"There's probably three or four tries left on the paddock. We've got to work hard at that."

Another area of improvement would the lineout, which Read took upon himself.

"Personally I probably didn't have my best game there in terms of calling early on.

"It didn't get us off on the right foot early. We fixed it and the second half was great but first half we can improve on."

But overall, the performance was a statement fired at the rest of the Investec Rugby Championship contenders.

The Wallabies were only too keen to give it their endorsement, with coach Robbie Deans and captain Will Genia united in the feeling that no other side in the world would have got near the All Blacks on the night.

"On the field, you want teams to walk off feeling that," Read said.

"That's our goal to put teams in that mindset and I guess once they're in there it makes our job easier on the field.

"The sooner we can do that teams, that puts us in a hold over them.

"We've got to not rest on our laurels there and continue to improve."