Deans: Errors cost us again
Eurosport - Sat, 07 Aug 12:42:00 2010
Deans was making his first return with the Wallabies to his hometown of Christchurch but was left to rue his side's errors as they went down 20-10 to the All Blacks.
The win ensured New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup and all but sealed the Tri-Nations title as they are unbeaten after four games.
"At this level if you aspire to beat the All Blacks you have to play your hand when it presents itself and take the most of those moments and we weren't able to do that," Deans said.
"That's something they were able to do. They scored a couple of times but we weren’t able to do it.
"That finishing was the point of difference in the game."
Deans, who was disappointed with his side's effort in Melbourne last week when they lost 49-28, said they had played a lot better in Christchurch.
But the New Zealander also admitted that the All Blacks defence was key in denying Australia the chance to end what is now a nine-game losing streak to their trans-Tasman rivals.
"They were able to deny us momentum at the breakdown," he said.
"They're a very (good) defensive side that’s probably the one thing they do best, the slow ball, which allows them to bring their organisation and athleticism into play."
Australia now have three weeks off before back-to-back fixtures against the Springboks in Pretoria and Bloemfontein. The Wallabies then finish their campaign with another tie against New Zealand in Sydney on September 11.