Rugby Championship: Steve Hansen satisfied with New Zealand win over Argentina
Last Updated: 06/09/14 1:52pm
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was a satisfied man following his side’s 28-9 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship clash in Napier.
Heavy rain at McLean Park made conditions difficult and dropped balls and a tough forward battle were the predominant features of the match.
But the All Blacks eventually emerged comfortable winners thanks to two tries from Julian Savea and touchdowns by Liam Messam and Aaron Smith which secured a four-try bonus point.
"I am very happy with the final result," Hansen said.
"We have played these guys three years in a row in not great conditions and this is the first time we have got a bonus point so fairly happy to have picked that up.
"You saw a very good Argentina side who are not far from getting over the hump and beating teams.
"They're very physical up front and got some tidy backs so it took a very good defensive effort throughout the game to keep them tryless."
Captain Richie McCaw added: "Once you get four tries in conditions like this you're going to be happy.
"It was always going to be scrappy and there were patches there where we didn't look after the ball but they stuck at it.
"We had an Argentina side who certainly came to play and they put real pressure on us at the contact area, but we expected that.
There was a wee patch in the second half where we didn't get much luck at scrum time but I'm proud of the ways the guys came back and won a couple of big scrums that resulted in tries and that was satisfying.
"There was a wee patch in the second half where we didn't get much luck at scrum time but I'm proud of the ways the guys came back and won a couple of big scrums that resulted in tries and that was satisfying."
Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez slotted three penalties for the Pumas, who also had a try to Leonardo Senatore ruled out by referee Pascal Gauzere, who said the number eight's charge down of a clearing kick was a knock on.
"There are things that happen on the game, unfortunately the referee didn't see it, but that's all," said Argentina captain Agustin Creevy.
"But we had an excellent first half then we made some easy mistakes with the tries they scored off the first phase.
"We didn't take advantage of the situation when we did score. That would've been the difference and we could have been closer on the scoreboard."