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Hansen almost seemed to show some relief that his All Blacks had been proven mortal, with the team having to fend off questions as to their status as potentially the best All Blacks team of all-time leading into Test at Twickenham, and the Red Rose were able to for now emphasise that perhaps this was not the greatest New Zealand Test side ever seen.
The All Blacks coach said defeat will stop people musing to his team’s place in the rugby pantheon.
"Though it hurts like hell at the moment it (the loss) won't do us any harm," he said.
"It will stop people telling us we're the greatest team ever and all that crap. We'll get down to being an All Black side that has to work hard.
Paying homage to the saying that a side learns more in defeat than they do in victory, Hansen said the important part was to ensure that the second heaviest defeat in All Blacks history would be used to the team’s advantage in the years to come.
"We've got to manage the feelings we're having at the moment and put them in the right place so they actually work for us in the future,” he said.