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NZ sin bins frustrating, says Hansen

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/10/2016

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen says he was frustrated by his side's ill-disciplined second half display against Los Pumas in Buenos Aires.

The world champions cruised to a 36-17 win on the back of a dominant first half but struggled in the second stanza as a result of two yellow cards.

Loosehead Joe Moody went to the bin for a swinging arm, while blindside Liam Squire spent 10 minutes on the sidelines for repeated penalties.

A 20-minute stint playing with 14 men gave Los Pumas an opening to exert sustained pressure on the All Blacks and to nab two consolation tries.

Hansen told reporters after the match his side had made life unnecessarily difficult for themselves with their second-half showing.

"Argentina came out and made it difficult and the referee felt we were ill-disciplined and penalised us with two guys in the bin," Hansen said.

"It was pretty frustrating after such a good first half where I thought we attacked and defended well, played our game."

New Zealand's All Blacks players celebrate a try by TJ Perenara during a rugby championship match against Argentina's Pumas © AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko New Zealand's All Blacks players celebrate a try by TJ Perenara during a rugby championship match against Argentina's Pumas

Vice-captain Ben Smith, who scored a try early in the second half, echoed his coach's remarks.

He felt his side's discipline was lacking in the second 40.

"We defended pretty well considering we had those two yellow cards but we just found it hard to change the momentum in the game," Smith said.

Squire said it was one of the fastest games he'd ever played in.

The 25-year-old Highlanders loosie was called into the starting XV in place of the crocked Jerome Kaino and looked assured until his 64th-minute binning.

He was upset by his yellow card but pleased by his side's Rugby Championship crowning in Buenos Aires.

"I'll take it in my stride and learn from that," Squire said.

The All Blacks will now travel to Durban for their final Rugby Championship encounter of 2016 against the Springboks.

A victory will give them a perfect series record and leave them one win away from an unprecedented 18 consecutive Test wins.

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