All Blacks coach Hansen delighted with Pumas win

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is delighted to see his side return to form, beating Argentina in their Rugby Championships opener.

All Blacks coach Hansen delighted with Pumas win

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CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (JULY 17, 2015) (TVNZ – NO ACCESS NEW ZEALAND, NEW ZEALAND INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY NEW ZEALAND OR AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS)

1. ALL BLACKS ASSISTANT COACH IAN FOSTER, COACH STEVE HANSEN AND CAPTAIN RICHIE MCCAW SITTING

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALL BLACKS COACH, STEVE HANSEN, SAYING:

“It’s been a big week, a lot of people have been under pressure. Some individuals who haven’t played as they would have liked to in Super Rugby have stepped up to the plate tonight so from our point of view that’s very pleasing. Obviously we’re not there yet, we’ve still got a lot of things to work on but at this moment we’ve got to concentrate on the things that are the positives so very, very happy.”

3. FOSTER, HANSEN AND MCCAW SITTING

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALL BLACKS CAPTAIN, RICHIE MCCAW, SAYING:

“Yeah it was an enjoyable game. Like I said yesterday, and people ask about those sorts of things, I wanted to, the best thing is walk off with a smile, felt like we’ve taken a big step forward, I thought the team did that and from a personal point of view that’s what I was keen to do. There’s plenty of footy left this year that’s pretty exciting so, you get the odd meat pie [try] that’s quite nice too.”

(MUTE) CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (JULY 17, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

5. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HANSEN AND MCCAW CHATTING

6. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF MCCAW PERFORMING THE HAKA BEFORE ARGENTINA MATCH

STORY: The All Blacks upped the gears on their World Cup preparations, taking a step forward in their execution while they continued to develop a high-pace game plan with a 39-18 win over Argentina in Christchurch on Friday (July 17).

The victory in the Rugby Championship opener was a massive leap from a scrappy 25-16 win over Samoa last week in Apia though it indicated Steve Hansen’s side still have a lot of work to do if they are to defend the World Cup in two months.

“It’s been a big week, a lot of people have been under pressure, Some individuals who haven’t played as they would have liked to in Super Rugby have stepped up to the plate tonight so from our point of view that’s very pleasing,” Hansen told the media after the clash.

“Obviously we’re not there yet, we’ve still got a lot of things to work on but at this moment we’ve got to concentrate on the things that are the positives so very, very happy,” he continued.

Captain Richie McCaw, Ma’a Nonu, Charles Piutau, Kieran Read and debutant Codie Taylor all scored tries while flyhalf Dan Carter, who appeared more confident at challenging the defensive line, slotted 14 points from the boot.

“Yeah it was an enjoyable game. Like I said yesterday, and people ask about those sorts of things, I wanted to, the best thing is walk off with a smile, felt like we’ve taken a big step forward, I thought the team did that and from a personal point of view that’s what I was keen to do. There’s plenty of footy left this year that’s pretty exciting so, you get the odd meat pie [try] that’s quite nice too,” he said.

The All Blacks face South Africa in Johannesburg on July 25th before taking on the Wallabies in Sydney on August 8th.

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