New Zealand coach John Mitchell refused to press the panic button after seeing his side struggle to overcome a plucky Wales outfit at the Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand coach John Mitchell is not worried
The All Blacks were expected to roll over the Welsh in their final group game but could only stutter their way to an unconvincing 53-37 victory in Sydney on Sunday.
"We had some defensive lapses, but I would rather focus on the positives," said Mitchell, whose team will play South Africa in the last eight.
"We've been in need of a Test match like that in this tournament.
"We can only benefit from that. It's ideal preparation for us. It's better it comes now than next week in the quarter-finals."
All Blacks captain Reuben Thorne said his side never felt in danger of defeat.
"We didn't contemplate losing the game, we were confident that we could score tries," he said.