Deans blasts Aussie errors

We'll be better next week vows Wallaby coach

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Deans blasts Aussie errors

Robbie Deans: Unforced errors

Some of the errors out there today were not acceptable under any circumstances in any competition

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Robbie Deans said Australia's error-strewn performance was 'unacceptable' after his side was beaten at home by the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

The Wallaby coach watched his men concede a succession of penalties through handling errors and ill-discipline during the 27-19 defeat at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

As a result Australia were forced to spend almost the entire match playing catch-up rugby, closing the gap various times only to see their antipodean rivals to draw clear through needless mistakes.

"Some of the errors out there today were not acceptable under any circumstances in any competition," said Deans.

"To their credit they put us under pressure, but it was really the unforced errors that put us in a difficult position."

Australia rarely tested New Zealand's defence during the match and Deans vowed that things would be different when the teams meet again in Auckland next weekend.

"We have to be better," he said. "It would be impossible for us not to be. We'll definitely be better next week."

Intensity

The victory took the All Blacks total to nine from the last 11 meetings between the teams and, although it was by no means beautiful, coach Steve Hansen was delighted to have beaten Australia in their own back yard.

"I'm really pleased that we were able to get that win away from home and even more pleased to make sure they didn't get a point as far as the championship goes," said Hansen "I thought there were some very good displays from our guys."

"It was probably not the most perfect game in the world but when you get two sides coming off the breaks we've had and playing at the intensity we're playing at, you're going to get errors.

Despite the comfortable nature of the win and New Zealand's long dominance over the Wallabies, captain Richie McCaw warned against complacency ahead of Saturday's return match in Auckland.

"History's shown that when you play back-to-back Tests in a week and you don't get your prep right you trip up," McCaw said. "We had a lesson like that when we played Ireland (in June)."

"That's our challenge is to get past this game and work out ways that we can turn up and play better, because there is no doubt the Wallabies will do that."

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