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Henry: An ideal Test

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Sportal.co.nz     25 Sep 2011     Getty Images

Henry was pleased with the effort put in by his players, who helped celebrate captain Richie McCaw's 100th Test cap in style.

"I thought our launch plays off set pieces early in the game were very good. There is still some work to do but it's a big step up," he said.

"I think the nature of today's game produced some good performances, but also showed some things we need to work on. You only find those things out with good opposition."

Henry added that so far as he could tell the French side had been the best they could muster and in the first 10 minutes they put the All Blacks under a lot of pressure.

"They'll be disappointed with the scoreline but they played well," he said.

Henry said Israel Dagg and Richard Kahui would both be assessed after suffering haematomas in their thighs, while Adam Thomson rolled an ankle and Cory Jane suffered dizziness from a head knock.

Henry said Dagg, who scored two tries, showed why he was the form fullback in the side.

"He was dynamic most of the night and he scored a couple of great tries too," Henry said.

France captain Thierry Dusautoir admitted his team just made too many mistakes.

"We came back in the end of the second half. I think we need to work hard again and [we took away] a good lesson in this game," he said.

"Unfortunately, in the first half our scrum was not so good but it was better in the second half."