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Work to be done - Henry

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Sportal.co.nz     26 Jun 2006     NZRU

After yesterday's scratchy 25-19 win over Argentina, Henry said there were always risks involved in the selection policy the selectors have initiated.

"We've got a lot of work to do. We're nowhere near it yet," he said at the after-match press conference in Buenos Aires.

"But hopefully the guys are fresh and they're raring to go," he said.

Henry said the game was 'pretty frustrating' and didn't flow due to the amount of whistle from Welsh referee Nigel Whitehouse.

However, he wasn't prepared to rate the performance until looking at it again on tape afterwards.

"The weather didn't help and the ball was as slippery as soap and very hard to hang onto.

"We scored three tries to one, I guess the people at home were on the edge of their couches," he said.

While the Pumas applied pressure in the forwards to the point where the All Blacks didn't function as well as they wanted.

"But we did get three tries to one and we probably blew a couple of opportunities to take it out of being tight. It shouldn't have been tight in the finish," he said.

The character displayed by the side had pleased the selectors.

"But we've got plenty of work to do ahead of the Tri Nations obviously," he said.

Captain Jerry Collins, reflecting on his first game in charge said he felt the lack of game play and said the All Blacks made it tough from themselves.

"I can't take anything away from Argentina, they're very hard to beat at home and we just did enough to get through.

"It was a good work-out, but that's probably not what people at home want to hear, or see on the scoreboard," he said.