Tri-Nations - Henry applauds All Blacks attack

Reuters - Sat, 17 Jul 12:02:00 2010

New Zealand coach Graham Henry complimented his side on their ability to play from deep following a second Tri-Nations victory over South Africa in Wellington.

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The All Blacks won 31-17, running in four tries for a bonus point, amid swirling wind at the Westpac Stadium.

"What I'm pleased with is that the guys are prepared to have a go," Henry said.

"We're prepared to play rugby from a long way out and attack from inside our own half and that led to a couple of tries."

Ma'a Nonu, Mils Muliaina, Rene Ranger and Israel Dagg all scored tries for the All Blacks in a high-tempo, attack-minded performance.

Fly-half Daniel Carter missed five goal attempts but slotted two penalties and a conversion.

The Springboks were hampered by their second early yellow card in successive tests, with Danie Rossouw sin-binned by Alain Rolland in the fourth minute. Bakkies Botha was also sin-binned early last week in Auckland.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who was told by the referee that the next infringement by one of his players would result in a yellow card, said his team had mostly got it right.

"We did get under pressure and gave away a couple of penalties," McCaw said. "I was probably a little guilty myself a couple of times.

"I guess if you are under pressure you have to make sure you get the decisions right."

New Zealand have 10 points after two Tri-Nations matches. South Africa have failed to record a point while Australia have not yet played.

Eurosport / Reuters

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