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Sportal.co.nz     28 Aug 2011     Getty Images

Smith highlighted the fact that New Zealand had not adapted early enough to the Australian rush defence.

"They were picking our plays really well and it took half-time to get ourselves organised to go out and hit the right spots. I think the good thing about that is that we learnt from the plays.

"The game is about edge, isn't it? As you learn from one half to the next so you learn from one game to the next and I think this will be an incredibly important game for us there won't be any complacency and there will be some edge [in the future]," he said.

Wing Zac Guildford had suffered a torrid time and was disappointed with his effort, Smith said, but he added that he hadn't been alone. While the wing was out in the open and more obvious, there were defensive errors around the breakdown that had been just as glaring, he said.

Forwards coach Steve Hansen felt the forced move of Sam Whitelock from lock to blindside flanker when Adam Thomson was forced to leave the field had been a 'pretty good effort'.

Prop Tony Woodcock had come through the game well, had played the 80 minutes and his foot had stood up well while No.8 replacement for Kieran Read, Victor Vito, had demonstrated why the selectors had chosen him.

"There are a lot of positives from within the game that we can take out of it and tomorrow's a new day," he said.

Read suffered an ankle injury and Thomson a hyper-extension of his elbow and the full implications of the injuries were not known on Saturday evening.