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Sportal.co.nz     23 Jun 2012     Getty Images

The Australian said the development of his side throughout the series - Ireland were comprehensively beaten 10-42 in the first match before narrowly missing out on their first All Blacks scalp in a 19-22 defeat a week later - was just as crucial as they looked to the future.

Combining an improvement in areas where they had already fared well in and reducing the amount of turnovers and space for their opponents were two facets in particular that were worked on.

"I think it's important that we understand the importance of the game. It only means something if we build on it.

"If we get on top of these things it'll be a good game again."

While the June 'window' has created all sorts of logistical nightmares for both the international and Investec Super Rugby coaches, the All Blacks' professionalism shone through in their successive victories in contrasting fashion.

Kiss said the little time to prepare for a three-Test series needed to be done solidifying the basics, which he thought Ireland had done better.

"We just fronted them a bit better and it gave us a chance to be a bit more physical."

Kiss said Aaron Cruden had become more than Dan Carter's replacement at first five-eighths, his World Cup winners medal the obvious symbol of someone he calls a 'dangerous prospect'.

"Aaron [Cruden] will play with what he has around him, the physicality around him. When you look at what he has done with the Chiefs last year, when he came [to the World Cup] in on the late call up he holds his head high and he did a fantastic job.

"We're looking forward to the Test. It's going to be a cracker and I'm sure he'll play his part."

The final Test between New Zealand and Ireland kicks off at Hamilton's sold-out Waikato Stadium at 7.30pm on Saturday.