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Deans questions New Zealand tactics

Australia coach Robbie Deans has added further spice to next month's Bledisloe Cup clash in Hong Kong by claiming New Zealand's current approach will eventually come back to bite them.

While there is no doubt the All Blacks were deserving winners of the recently completed Tri-Nations tournament, Australia and South Africa became increasingly frustrated with New Zealand's apparent willingness to concede penalties in their own half so as to stop the opposition from scoring tries.

"They make good decisions at critical moments and they get away with things as well," Deans said of Graham Henry's men. "But I personally believe that some of their cynicism won't serve them well in the long run."

He added: "They're an experienced bunch, they've had great continuity (a lack of injuries) which we haven't had but I think that will serve us well and I don't think that will serve them well, because they have some points of vulnerability."

Despite having now lost a record 10 straight matches at the hands of the All Blacks, Deans is confident his young side are slowly closing the gap.

"It's very evident that the All Blacks remain the benchmark," he said.

"I guess from a coaching perspective you chase progression, we're getting progression, there are areas of frustration but we believe we're making headway.

"There's a step to take but I think we showed in Sydney, despite a pretty horrific itinerary, that it's actually achievable.

"And in an ironic way it may actually serve us well having come up short. If we'd got up and this young group had thought they were somewhere where they're not then that wouldn't have served us well."

The Wallabies face the All Blacks on October 30 before heading to the northern hemisphere for Tests against Wales, England, Italy and France.


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