All Blacks happy with progress in win over Canada

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That was helped by the 10 days they had after the South Africa game when they had worked a lot harder than they normally would and they would bank that and build on the confidence they achieved.

 

Hansen said he was pleased with loosehead prop Atu Moli going the distance in the game. He had come a long way in a short period of time.

 

"Today I think he came of age so very happy with him. He should be very proud of himself. He played well and to go 80 minutes has proved the point to him as well as other people," he said.

 

Hansen said it had been a deliberate ploy to use three tightheads during the game as they needed to keep the other players fresh as they would play Namibia on Sunday.

 

Halfback Brad Weber was introduced after halftime and had been part of the best part of the All Blacks' performance, scoring two tries in the process.

"After halftime we played real controlled footy, played with speed but also didn't look for silly offloads," Hansen said.

 

"There was a patch there that we played really well in and I don't think it mattered which halfback was there, I think it was just how the game went."

 

Captain Kieran Read (pictured) said the heat in the stadium hadn't been too bad but the humidity was a factor.

 

"It's not often Beauden Barrett gets caught when he's away like that, and even to drop the ball. It was tough, the conditions made it tough but when we looked after the pill and really treasured it, we were able to put some tries on the board which is awesome," he said.

 

Assistant coach Ian Foster said it had always been intended that centre Jack Goodhue, returning from injury, would play only 40 minutes, but he had come through it well, if not getting as many touches as he may have wanted.

 

"Certainly his work rate and the confidence he will get from that will be outstanding," he said.

Hansen said second five-eighths Sonny Bill Williams had played very well and showed his kicking game.

 

"I think he's done that kick four times and we've scored four times. Four times since 2011 is not a lot of kicking. It's effective but he played really well tonight, it's been coming and he's been working hard, he's injury-free and we're starting to see the old Sonny so very happy with him," he said.

 

Hansen said he was looking forward to seeing the GPS numbers on fullback Beauden Barrett.

 

"He covered some huge miles, I would suggest, and at high pace. The only reason he didn't score that try at the end was fatigue got him," he said.

 

"Scooter [Scott Barrett] is playing very well and he'll be going to his non-flashy dive to score tries after tonight [he lost a try chance losing the ball over the line in trying to place the ball]. I noticed in the first one he scored he was very deliberate in how he forced that one down.

 

"Jordie is starting to please Fossie [Foster] and I. He's starting to play with a lot more control and patience and he could be pretty special too. When you're blessed, you're blessed, and all three of them are blessed," he said.

 

Foster added that he was pleased with left wing Rieko Ioane's return to playing. He had looked fast, got his hands on the ball, was committed to the contact area and had a really high work rate.

 

"It was good to see him back. He's always had the ability to cover midfield for us, he sees himself as a centre who can play wing, but it was good for him to have another hit out in there and get another taste of it," he said.

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