Hansen defends Retallick after Cheika spray

Dane Coles

Dane Coles

"Even in a game when something happens accidentally and a player ends up on his head, it's a penalty regardless, let alone". Believe me, we came here full of confidence that we could win this game tonight and I thought we did well to put them under pressure.

"It's up to us to write our own chapters if we want to change that attitude around".

All Blacks captain Kieran Read said: "We had to dig deep".

The All Blacks came back as you'd expect to trail 14-17 at the break, setting up a fascinating second half.

In a test match, you need to win the big moments because they are irregular, and when you have opportunities in the match to make a statement, you have to make them.

Rugby in Australia is in disarray both on field and off and Read was wary of the potential for Michael Cheika's men to try to throw the hosts off their game with some niggle.

Beale was nearly Australia's hero, scoring a try in the 76th minute with blood pouring down his face, before New Zealand finished the job from the ensuing kick-off thanks to a match-winner from No.10 Beauden Barrett.

However, Hansen said Welsh referee Nigel Owens made the right call when he deemed the incident was accidental, adding that it had not been raised by the citing commissioner either.

"One because it's a game against South Africa, it's going to be a real contest - they've been playing excellent rugby this year".

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The Wallabies rocked the All Blacks with three early tries, including one from an intercept inside the first minute to fullback Israel Folau.

In their stead, skipper Kieran Read stood tall, energetically directing his side around the park and playing a major role in Barrett's late victor.

Folau set the tone for the Wallabies' performance with his try after little more than 40 seconds, swooping on a pass by All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie and dashing 65 meters to score. The Wallabies scored three tries but every one of them involved some luck.

The second half began at a frantic pace and both sides scrambled well in defence before New Zealand thought they'd broken through when Brodie Retallick crashed over.

"It's been through our minds, we've got to expect it".

Australia survived a late scare on the stroke of half time when Ben Smith was ruled by the TMO to have lost the ball attempting to ground it alongside the goalpost pad.

Dane Coles is relishing the chance to return to All Blacks duty this weekend as New Zealand look to repeat their opening-round victory over Australia in the Rugby Championship.

"These young guys are standing up to the plate and the senior guys are directing the team down a really good path and everyone gets on, we're all good mates, we've all got a lot of respect and love for each other".