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Deans however disagreed, feeling that the team had their chances to defeat the All Blacks for the second straight time at Suncorp Stadium, with the Wallabies defeating New Zealand 25-20 roughly this time last year which was the World Champions last defeat.
“I suspect the team will be pretty frustrated because it’s a game that we could have won," Deans said.
"So we’re not happy with the outcome and I’m sure the All Blacks aren’t happy either.
Deans felt that the Wallabies greatest improvement had been how they took on the All Blacks physically, continuing a recent theme where the Australians have fielded giant packs, taking a step away from the traditional running attack that some feel is the traditional Wallaby game.
“We’ve done a lot of work around the contact zone and we got a lot of pay from that tonight," he said.
“The boys have been working hard and they saw the rewards from that work tonight.
The Wallabies coach was unconcerned that his team were unable to score tries, saying that they managed to hold the All Blacks out, while saying that it was a pleasent change to rely on a lethal boot to keep the side in the contest.
“You’ve seen how hard it is to score tries in this competition, for every team, which is why having a guy like Mike Harris is good," Deans said.
“I think the way he’s adapted to fullback is impressive, he hasn’t played a lot there and he’s done very well.
“He was up against a side that is good at isolating full backs and he did very well. To keep that All Blacks side try-less is impressive and the guys did a great job to come together and achieve that.
“I think now the guys should re-charge their batteries after some tough Tests. We’ve got four more Tests coming up, they’ll contribute to the world rankings and seeding for the next Rugby World Cup, which is important.”