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"Whilst we were very happy with the way we played for periods of the game in the first Test, there were also moments where we weren't so crash hot".

Previous All Blacks sides under Hansen had a knack of overcoming big deficits and somehow winning games they should have lost. "We put everything into it and we wanted to get something out of it".

Wallabies Captain, Michael Hooper said: "It's gutting".

"There was a scrum where the ball came back out, they knocked it on, and there were no comms on a penalty for the loosehead going in".

The Lions finished the series stronger, dominating the last quarters of the final two tests - a period in matches the All Blacks had been able to control and finish over the top of their opposition.

"You just have to look at the footage of the last 20 minutes of the game last week".

Lock Sam Whitelock has already said he would donate his number five jersey from the match that doubles as a Bledisloe Cup game to the Meads family and Read said the team had thought of what else they could do to honour his legacy.

Barrett touched down on the hour mark to give the All Blacks the lead, only for Australia to regain it five minutes later through a Will Genia try.

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When play did get under way the All Blacks were immediately on attack and running at the Wallabies line with a two-man overlap when Israel Folau claimed a vital intercept and raced 80 metres to score.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was heard questioning Owens about the incident.

The momentum was with New Zealand as they started the second half 17-14 down, but Brodie Retallick had a try chalked off as the TMO could not see any evidence of a grounding.

The trusty Barrett made no mistake from the tee as the All Blacks hit the front for the first time, but they were behind again when the impressive Genia evaded three tackles to dot down 13 minutes from time. In contrast, Foley missed four of six kicks, three of them striking the posts.

The only downside was the Wallaby scrum that was often monstered by the men in black. "We should have got hold of the ball and kept it".

Belted in last year's opener, Australia took a physical approach into the second Test in Wellington and tried to get under the skin of the world champions.

"Last week they played their first game, probably majority, in four or five weeks and it's really hard when you've got a group that have battled hard and have gone through finals football. the intensity of that allows you to play at a level".

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