Belfast Telegraph

Henry warns All Blacks can improve

New Zealand coach Graham Henry believes there is better to come from his side after they began their Tri Nations campaign with comprehensive back-to-back wins over world champions South Africa.

The All Blacks cruised to a 31-17 win in Wellington on Saturday to follow their equally impressive 32-12 success in the Auckland opener a week ago.

"I think we're probably playing about 75 [percent]," said Henry. "I think we can get a lot better."

He added: "We're not getting carried away. Obviously we're delighted to win and we've played some pretty good rugby in the last couple of weeks.

"We were more clinical in Auckland than we were last (Saturday) night. The South Africans played a lot better last night than they did in Auckland.

"It was pretty close for long periods of the game. After 60 minutes it could have gone either way."

Henry felt there were three key factors in the turnaround in form from last year where they lost all three matches to the Springboks and struggled to stamp their authority on games.

"There were a lot of senior players who didn't play in the initial [June] series last year and that's critical when you're building a pattern and building a team," Henry explained.

"The law changes have made the game a lot better to play and it suits our style and the leadership of the side has been particularly good."

He added: "Maybe we're more on the same page as a coaching group and senior players group as well, which we've worked pretty hard at."


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