Win more enjoyable in Cape Town - Hansen

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Lynn McConnell     09 Oct 2017     Getty Images

When asked if it was better to have a 57-0 win or a 25-24 win Hansen replied that 57-0 was 'a bit easier on the ticker'.


"I just get a pleasure out of any time you win, it doesn't matter how you do it as long as you do it.

"You get greater pleasure when you see people perform really well. You want a contest and tonight you know we won a Test match when both teams really played well. We're not saying we couldn't play better, we're not saying they couldn't. When you win those types of contests there is probably a bit more to it," he said.

"I thought South Africa would be very proud of their performance and there fans will be. They never disappoint us, they always turn up when we play them in this country. They're a good side.

"Our boys showed a tremendous amount of courage and character and our defence, I don't know how many tackles we made but we made a lot. And it was nice to see a couple of young guys had the courage to do what they did and put, [David] Havili and Macca [Damian McKenzie] combined well to put us in a position to be able to hit the front so there was a lot of good things in it.

"We'll go away and grow and learn a little more about ourselves. That seems to be the song we're singing this year but it's not a bad song," he said.

Captain Kieran Read said the side's egos probably got in their way in the first half injury time that went on for 10 minutes.

"We wanted to give it back to them and hold onto the ball. It's Test match footy and it turned into a bit of a spectacle and as Steve [Hansen] said we probably made ourselves work a bit hard that perhaps we should have and to not concede in that period just kept us in the contest," he said.

Ian Foster said the loss of Beauden Barrett to a head knock, although he passed an HIA test, had meant that Lima Sopoaga, who had been simmering away beneath the surface for the last couple of months had come on.

"It's a credit to him that it was almost a seamless transition and I'm pretty pleased for him. But, again, it's another situation," he said. Barrett was important to the side but they had been able to 'still keep trucking', he said.

Springboks captain Eben Etzebeth said he had mixed emotions.

"I was really proud of the guys for the performance they put in tonight. I'm also disappointed on the result, we would have loved to have won. I think all the guys were very good tonight and I think Allister [Coetzee] and the rest of the coaches have put in perfect plans for us to win this Test match," he said.
They would have a look to see where they missed out on the two points they needed to win the Test and would prepare for their end of season tour.

Coetzee said he was disappointed with the result. They needed two points but it had shown again that if you turn the ball over against New Zealand they would punish you.

A stray pass that led to Rieko Ioane's intercept try had been the difference between the sides but he was proud the process had worked. And he felt sorry for the players for the way they had trained during the week.

"It showed that the process is on track and this team is a really good side," he said.

They were pleased to come back from a 57-0 drubbing which was a result that was not going to define the team. Against Australia in their second Test and the All Blacks in Cape Town they had played to win and while they didn't get the result there were so many things he was positive about.

"We feel we are heading in the right direction," he said.