Hansen happy with Bledisloe clean slate

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Speaking after Saturday's 36-0 win over the Wallabies at Eden Park, Hansen, who has played down the grand last tour in his last season with the side, said it would be nice to be able to say 'not on my watch', in relation to the Cup tenure.

He was first involved when coming in under Graham Henry in 2004 and then took full control in 2012.

Turning around the 47-26 loss suffered in Perth to retain the Cup in Auckland had made him 'extremely proud'.

"We had to respond to a performance last week that people say wasn't good enough from our point of view, and an exceptional performance from Australia. Seven days is a long time in sport, we have seen that before. This week they've worked hard and everyone's done their job from the analysts right through to the players.


"You take a lesson that we've all learned in life, many times that if you get comfortable, you're going to get a punch in the nose. You've got to be comfortable being uncomfortable. 

"Unfortunately, sometimes when you're successful, that doesn't happen. Eventually it catches up and it bites you. I was just really, really proud of the boys how they responded to last week. There's been a lot of things said in the media and a lot of things spoken about within the team that creates the pressure that you have to step up to the plate," he said.

Hansen said skipper Kieran Read had led from the front after catching a lot of criticism.