Deja vu for All Blacks as Australia sniff Bledisloe chance

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Auckland was always a big game, he said.

"We have been here before, in 2015 it was exactly the same scenario. We've got to go back and not push the panic button. We've got to push the button that says we're going to get our discipline right, make our tackles and get our game structure right and turn up and play well," he said.


The All Blacks had only 20 percent possession in the first half on Saturday and that was because they conceded five penalties to one by Australia and that was down to the side's discipline.

"I am obviously disappointed, Australia played particularly well and deserved the win.

"They were the best side on the day and the red card didn't help us, but we didn't help ourselves either.

"Regardless of whether I was happy [with referee Jerome Garces' ruling] or not, it was his decision to make and he made it, and now we go to the judiciary now and there will be a process and we will have to live with it. We have to go away and have a good look at the video. 

"Our discipline was poor. We missed 20 tackles out of 90 in the first half. We didn't get ourselves away to a good start. We double piggy-backed into the red card and there were numerous times when we were offside when we didn't need to be. They're all things we have to go away and fix up," he said.
Flanker Ardie Savea's pushing Australian flanker Michael Hooper's face into the dirt and which resulted in a key penalty had been dumb, Hansen said, and the All Blacks had to be smarter than that.

"Australia gave us a lesson in what to do when you have a side down by one man. They did what we'd expect to do if we were playing a team with only 14. They made it difficult.

"At the same time I am extremely proud of the way they hung in.

"If you are going to get a red card the hardest team you can get one against is a team who wants to play footy and Australia wanted to play footy. They wanted to play fast.

"In the end they found more space than we could cover which is a credit to them. I know the scoreboard is fairly massive – 47 points.

"It's not often we get that many scored against us. But at 16-12 we are in the game at halftime and then Scotty gets sent off and it's a different game.

"I don't think we can beat ourselves up about the defence in the second half. There was plenty of effort, we just played a side that was very good at finding the space," he said.

Centre Jack Goodhue had strained a hamstring when he was squashed in a ruck so he was taken off with a longer term view as a precaution.

Captain Kieran Read said it had been tough, Australia had played it fast which limited the All Blacks' ability to get set and try to defend it.

"They took advantage of the fact we were one down but the biggest lesson we can take is our discipline. We piggy-backed them into our 22 a lot of the time. Once you're there it is difficult for us to defend so it's the thing we'll look at," he said.

Read said the All Blacks care deeply about the Bledisloe Cup, they had another week to work on their game and they would be putting all their efforts into Auckland.

"We'll make that change and really back ourselves because as All Blacks that's what you do," he said.


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