Backline the focus for All Blacks

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James Mortimer     13 Nov 2013     Getty Images

The All Blacks captain was the busiest man on the park, topping the tackle count with 18 made, none missed, while bossing the tackle assist and arrival count.

Once again numbers make a mockery of those who believe the most experienced All Black of all time is on a downward curve.

But while McCaw was closely followed by Kieran Read as the most productive player, assistant coach Ian Foster said that the clinical nature of the back division was missing.

"We felt a little bit rusty in some of our execution," he said.

"The frustrating thing is that we set up the platform quite well and we didn't really deliver the knockout blow."

There were certainly chances created, but a changed rearguard didn't help.

"Some of our final decision-making and a few running lines weren't as polished as they needed to be," the former Chiefs boss said.

"There were opportunities. We just need to work harder as a back three and talk a bit more because that was disappointing."

"We seemed to be individuals back there and if we did kick, our kicks weren't pinpoint."

Dan Carter, who is likely to run out in his 100th Test, was playing for the first time in nearly nine weeks, while Cory Jane was playing his first Test for 2013.

Jane is the only player who could lose his place, as the All Blacks assess how well he came through his first Test in a year while monitoring the health of Julian Savea, who has been struck with flu.