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Hansen: It was a special All Black performance

New Zealand All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen

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Article Published: Saturday 23 August 2014|

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has said that the All Blacks put in a "special performance" in their record 51-20 in a six-try rout of the Wallabies in Auckland

The Wallabies ended the All Blacks seventeen match winning streak last week when they held the world champions to a 12 all draw in Sydney but recovered this week and laid down a warning to South Africa's Springboks and Argentina's Pumas.

The All Blacks had an off day last week at a rainy ANZ Stadium in Sydney but were a different side at Eden Park in Auckland where they have not lost since 1994.

"It was a special performance," Hansen said after the All Blacks had scored their biggest ever score against Australia.

The result keeps the Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand for a 12th year as the Wallabies last held it in 2003.

"I sensed that we were going to play a lot better than the week before, because we played so poor the week before and because we trained so very well," said Hansen.

"We managed to bring our A game tonight," added the All Black coach.

Hansen did not get carried away with the performance though as he was quick to point out that there were still areas for the All Blacks to work on.

"There're parts of that game that weren't great. We let in some soft tries for a start and there was a lot of balls that we dropped at times when we had opportunities to score," he said.

"If we sit down and allow ourselves a wee moment of satisfaction tonight to enjoy the performance then its back to work tomorrow."

The All Blacks host the Argentina's Pumas in Napier in two weeks time as the Rugby Championship takes a break next week.

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