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Bledisloe draw leaves double disappointment

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Sportal.co.nz     21 Oct 2012     Getty Images

Australian captain and lock Nathan Sharpe said it was disappointing to get to that stage and not be able to go on and claim the win.

But both teams had been playing to win and New Zealand had shown when they could have kicked the ball out and accepted a draw but opted to try and win the game how determined they had been.

"Both teams made each other for it right to the end," he said.

That was the sort of thing that happened when two of the best teams in the world were going at it and he said Australia would get better as a result of the effort.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said he didn't know whether to be relieved or disappointed with the draw.

Australia had played with good line speed to force New Zealand into errors. Reflection would probably show that New Zealand were beaten in vital parts of the game and had been forced into errors by trying to get the ball downfield when it might have been better to have shown more patience.

Coach Steve Hansen said the draw was a consequence of not getting the set piece right because you couldn't get the quality of ball the All Blacks liked to play with.

"It was a pretty disappointing performance really," he said.

It wasn't possible to fault the desire or attitude in the side. They had defended their hearts out and still had the composure to get back downfield and set up a dropped goal chance to win the game.

"But it's not the way we like to play.

"It's not a setback, it's a learning and it will hurt like hell because it feels like we lost. It's a reminder you have to feel bone deep and perhaps we didn't," he said.

No.8 Kieran Read said it felt like a loss and he wondered if the All Blacks had shown enough respect to the Australians.

First five-eighths Dan Carter felt the side did 'pretty well' to give themselves a chance to win but admitted they probably didn't deserve to win.

"I'm annoyed we couldn't get a win for Kevey [Mealamu who played his 100th Test]," he said.

"They [Australia] played well and put us under a lot pressure and we were not able to get a hand on the ball. When we did get it we tried to force it instead of building pressure. We were well below par," he said.

Establishing a world record had been something the side were excited about and were keen to work towards. Now the goal would be to complete an unbeaten year to follow up the World Cup success of 2011.