Rugby Championship: Steve Hansen gutted as New Zealand's winning run comes to end
Last Updated: 16/08/14 10:43pm
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen admitted his disappointment at seeing his side's winning run come to an end in Sydney.
The 12-12 Bledisloe Cup draw with Australia at ANZ Stadium denied the All Blacks the chance to make history with an 18th consecutive Test victory.
Australia also ended their 16 game winning streak in Brisbane two years ago.
"The record has been talked about a lot by a lot of people but for us the record is the outcome of winning games," Hansen said.
How do we feel about not getting the record? Well, the same as we do about not winning. It sucks.
"How do we feel about not winning the game? Yeah, we're gutted.
"We came here to win, and wherever we go, we go there to win. You saw that in the last minute of the game. We defended, defended and defended, then we get a penalty, and the game is over on the clock, yet we didn't want to kick it out.
"I applaud that within the team because they've got courage to want to play and win and be better than just a draw. That's what makes us proud as coaches when we've got a group who will show that much ticker and still want to try and play and secure the win.
"How do we feel about not getting the record? Well, the same as we do about not winning. It sucks."
Captain Richie McCaw was similarly downbeat, adding: "Certainly there's bit of a hollow feeling.
"You come to win and it didn't happen. We had probably the better part of the first 30 minutes in the first half; then we struggled to play a lot of rugby after that for various reasons.
"It's a bit of a funny feeling. I guess one thing is we get another crack next week, so it will certainly keep some edge on during training."
Watch New Zealand's bid for revenge against Australia live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 8:00am next Saturday.