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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 July 2006, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
Henry keen to master South Africa
New Zealand beat Australia to retain the Bledisloe Cup
New Zealand beat Australia to retain the Bledisloe Cup
New Zealand coach Graham Henry has vowed to improve his team's record in South Africa after they retained the Bledisloe Cup against Australia.

The 13-9 win in Brisbane provided the All Blacks with their 13th straight Test victory and tightened their grip on the Tri-Nations.

But the New Zealanders have not won in South Africa since 2003.

"Winning in Australia is huge but we'd like to take another step and win in South Africa," said Henry.

"We haven't done that for a while so that'll be the next goal, I guess."

In a golden 12 months for New Zealand rugby, the All Blacks beat the Lions 3-0, won the 2005 Tri-Nations and then beat Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland to complete a 'grand slam' over the home unions.

(Richie McCaw) is anywhere and everywhere, it seemed like we were playing four or five of him

Australia's Mark Gerrard
But they lost to South Africa in Cape Town last year and also lost in Johannesburg in 2004 to concede the Tri-Nations title to the Springboks.

New Zealand beat South Africa in Wellington two weeks ago but still have to play the Springboks twice on their soil in this year's expanded Tri-Nations, in which the teams play each other three times.

The All Blacks were not at their very best against Australia but their defence was formidable in the face of intense second-half pressure.

And Henry singled out the performance of his inspirational captain Richie McCaw.

"You can't play better than that," Henry said of McCaw.

"I thought he was the outstanding individual player of the game. He was superb."

The Australian players were also full of praise for McCaw's work-rate after he pulled off 19 tackles, including two try-savers on Stephen Larkham and Mark Gerrard.

"He's anywhere and everywhere, it seemed like we were playing four or five of him," Gerrard said.



Tri-Nations Series Table
Saturday, 11 September 2010 13:05 UK
  Team P PD PTS
1 New Zealand 6 73 27
2 Australia 6 -26 11
3 South Africa 6 -47 7

SEE ALSO
Australia 9-13 New Zealand
29 Jul 06 |  Internationals
New Zealand 35-17 South Africa
22 Jul 06 |  Internationals
Australia 49-0 South Africa
15 Jul 06 |  Internationals
New Zealand 32-12 Australia
08 Jul 06 |  Internationals


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