All Blacks held composure - Carter

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Lynn McConnell     21 Sep 2015     Getty Images

New Zealand won their opening game at the Cup 26-16 on Monday (NZT) but it was into the fourth quarter before they could subdue a game Argentina side.

Carter, who landed 16 points in the game from two conversions and four penalty goals, told SkySport that Argentina had played with 'huge heart' and had put them under a lot of pressure. But the All Blacks had bounced back well and kept their composure.

"The bench were fantastic. Everyone that came on made an impact," he said.

There had been a sense of relief in securing the win but he felt the game would do the All Blacks some good and demonstrated the intensity they have to get their game up to.

Man of the match, lock Brodie Retallick said in the first half Argentina brought some good heat to the contest.

The All Blacks knew they needed to get more urgency because they were a step behind Argentina, he said.

"The lineouts were a mixed bag and they picked off a few of our lineouts.

"The impact from the boys on the bench changed the pace of the game.

"There was a wee bit of disappointment in the dressing room that we didn't get it as right as we needed to," he said.

Halfback Aaron Smith, who scored the first of New Zealand's two tries, said it has been 'an amazing game'.

"I really enjoyed the challenge. It was good to get a win under the belt. It was an amazing experience," he said.

The All Blacks had been laggard in the first half, as if they were waiting for something to happen. But they had blown some rust out of the system and did better in the second half.

His try came off the back of a good drive by the forwards and it was important the All Blacks turned the pressure into points, he said.