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All Black Skipper McCaw upset with performance

All Blacks Dan Carter and Richie McCaw perform the Haka

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Article Published: Saturday 20 October 2012|

New Zealand Rugby captain Richie McCaw says that he is more disappointed with the All Black's poor performance in their 18-all draw with Australia than losing the chance to beat a record.

McCaw admitted that he may one day regret the missed opportunity to break a record but was immediately disappointed with the way his team played against Australia.

The All Blacks had won their last 16 Test matches and a 17th win would have equaled the record for successive test wins by top tier nations which is jointly held by the All Blacks between 1965 and 1969 and the Springboks between 1997 and 1998.

"It's a bit of a weird one, a draw. You don't know whether to be relieved or what," All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said.

"I suppose if we reflect on it, we struggled to get any ball to play with and the Wallabies certainly had line speed and forced us into errors.

"It was, I suppose, good that we at least hung in there and gave ourselves a chance at the end. "

"I think if you reflect on it we were perhaps beaten in the vital parts and just the momentum really."

"It would have been nice down the track to have said you have been unbeaten for however long but the things that hurts, that you try and get right, is the performance getting better each week," he told Reuters.

"This week we wanted to go out and play well and beat the Wallabies and we didn't do that, that's what's most disappointing."

"I guess you'll reflect when we get home, unhappy that you didn't get it right, but that's how it goes and we just have to fix it up."

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen who's father passed away this week admitted that they had been "10 percent worse" and the Wallabies "five percent better" than when the two teams had played each other twice earlier this season.

"It was greasy out there, but when you're out there and it's like that, you've got to look after the ball," McCaw said.

"The Wallabies certainly put pressure on us off the line and were in our faces.

"For a lot of the first half we didn't have the ball and when we did we tried to overplay it.

"It was a combination of a few things that forced us into mistakes. I don't like using excuses, we should have been good enough to sort it out."

Australia captain Nathan Sharpe regretted his team had given up a rare winning chance against New Zealand by playing themselves in to a dominant position then allowing the match to slide.

"It's disappointing when you get into that position and don't close it out," he said.

"Credit to the All Blacks, they were playing for the win as well.

"Both teams made each other play for it right to the end. We spoke about having no regrets at the end of the game and the only regret is maybe one point."

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