Cape Town - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen couldn't hide his delight
after his side managed to keep the Springboks scoreless in their 57-0 win in
Albany on Saturday.
The All Blacks outscored their visitors eight tries to none
and Hansen praised his charges' all-round display.
"We started a bit jittery," he said after the
"But once we got into the rhythm of the game I thought
we played probably as good as we have played for a long time.
"It's about preparing bone deep for Test matches and
we've done that this week and seen a pretty good performance. I think the South
Africans forced that out of us because we have a massive amount of respect for
Hansen paid tribute to All Blacks defence coach who was
involved in his final home Test with the world champions.
"He's sitting in there happy as a wee sandboy with a
smile on his face as wide as the Grand Canyon," he said.
"He prides himself on it and when the team does stuff
like that he's happy. He takes it very personally when people score against us.
"His story is a lot bigger than just tonight. He's been
a wonderful servant to New Zealand rugby and for him to go out at home tonight
the way he's gone, it's only fitting because he's been a great coach."
Hansen also singled out his young back three for special
praise after they combined brilliantly on attack.
"They started off a little nervously, but as the game
went on they grew and grew," he added.
"I thought Rieko [Ioane] was outstanding, Nehe
[Milner-Skudder] took the opportunities given to him and Damian [McKenzie] was
a busy wee fella at the back.
"You just don't know what's going to happen when he
gets the ball. He dropped a high ball and a pass early, but grabbed his
composure and that's a really good sign from a young player starting to
understand what test rugby is all about."