Most read: 'We could have won it twice' – Steve Hansen laments All Blacks' sloppy Wellington display

This story was first published on Sunday September 16.

The All Blacks failed to overcome South Africa, losing 36-34. Source: 1 NEWS

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was left to rue a series of mistakes in his side's loss to South Africa in Wellington last night, as his side slumped to a 36-34 defeat.

With time all but up, the All Blacks attempted to run the ball in to score, rather than attempt a drop goal to seal an improbable come from behind win over the Springboks.

Speaking to media this morning though, Hansen said that his side were the architects of their own demise.

"We helped their cause quite a bit didn't we?" he said.

"To be fair to them though, they took every opportunity that came - they didn't miss any.

"With 10 minutes to go, we could have won it twice - we had plenty of opportunity, we just didn't close it out.

"There's the biggest learning."


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'Beauden has these nights' – All Blacks firm behind Barrett's boot ahead of World Cup

The All Blacks are firmly behind the kicking ability of Beauden Barrett, despite the missed opportunities squandered in last night's 36-34 loss to South Africa in Wellington.

Barrett, 27, missed four of his six attempts at goal, ultimately proving crucial as the All Blacks slipped to a first loss at home to the Springboks since 2009.

Addressing media today though, coach Steve Hansen says that the All Blacks are firmly behind Barrett as their first choice kicker going into next year's World Cup in Japan.

"Beauden has these nights," Hansen began.

"He's had them before, but then he comes out and kicks 100 per cent the next time.

"That's the nature of goal kicking - sometimes it hurts you.

"You've just got to hope that all the stars don't line up in the one night - last night they did."

The first-five missed four kicks in New Zealand's shock loss to South Africa. Source: 1 NEWS


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'I understand fans get disappointed' - Michael Cheika defends Wallabies' latest loss

Talk is cheap and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika knows the only way to placate an increasingly agitated Australian rugby fanbase, after letting them down once again, is through actions on the field.

The Wallabies have arrived at yet another crossroads after last night's limp 23-19 defeat to Argentina - the first time Los Pumas have prevailed on Australian soil in 35 years.

Once the disbelief subsided, the level of disgust among supporters was palpable at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The scene itself was scarcely believable.

One man was so angry his verbal tirade at players led to a physical altercation with Lukhan Tui and several other Wallabies.

While there is no excusing the man's actions - particularly if he pushed Tui's younger sister as alleged - the reality is events would not have unfolded the way they did had the team held up their end of the bargain.

Cheika said he fully recognised the frustration of supporters.

"I understand how fans get disappointed. I'm disappointed as well," he told reporters today.

"I saw he was there in his Wallaby jersey as well, it's not like he doesn't want us to win.

"He wants us to win badly. Sometimes that goes pear-shaped.

"There's a lot of supporters out there, no matter what they're always behind you. You've got to always be mindful of those people.

"It's the national team and that's what people do, a lot of supporters last night (felt) the same.

"You can't be talking about keeping the faith, you've got to show it."

Players and coaches will lick their wounds for the next week before assembling again for a two-week tour that could define Cheika's tenure as Wallabies coach.

First is a trip to Port Elizabeth in South Africa to face a Springboks outfit coming off a stunning 36-34 win over the All Blacks in Wellington.

After that is a rematch with Argentina in Salta, in high-altitude conditions which the Wallabies have traditionally struggled with.

Cheika was frank about his team's lack of "enthusiasm" and said he would dissect the vision of their latest catastrophe before deciding if he will swing the selection axe in response.

"(It was) obviously tough last night. (We) should feel bad. It's the game, you've got to pick yourself up and onto the next one," he said.

"Now we get a run of games away from home and we're going to have to get more consistent ... (bring) better quality play and be more consistent with it and be accountable for that."


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Watch: Steve Hansen admits All Blacks should have tried drop goal against South Africa - 'Of course we should have'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has admitted that in hindsight, his side should have attempted a drop goal, in order to stave off defeat against South Africa in Wellington last night.

As the All Blacks tried to regain the lead in last night's 36-34 loss, the side attempted to score a winning try right up until the final whistle, compared to taking a one-point advantage through a drop goal.

Ultimately their last ditch try-scoring attempts proved futile as South Africa sealed the win.

Asked after the match, Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus suggested that a drop goal wasn't the New Zealand way, although his opposite admitted that it should have been an option for his side.

"Should we have drop kicked a goal? Of course we should have," Hansen began.

"It's not as if it's not something that's in our back pocket, because it is.

"That's a learning and a game management thing that this team has to go through."

A drop goal would have seen the All Blacks avoid last night's loss. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Steve Hansen says All Blacks stinging after Springboks loss – 'Of course it hurts'

Following last night's shock 36-34 loss to South Africa, Steve Hansen says that the All Blacks are hurting after missing the chance to seal another Rugby Championship title.

The loss, New Zealand's first at home to South Africa since 2009, means that the All Blacks will have to wait at least another week to potentially claim the 2018 Championship.

Speaking at his post-match media conference, Hansen spoke about the feeling of his troops in the wake of such a shocking loss.

"Any time you lose, of course it hurts," Hansen began.

"The dressing room's very sombre, very quiet.

"It doesn't happen very often - but it's important we learn something from it, otherwise it's a waste of time."

Hansen also backed his side to bounce back, with a trip to face Los Pumas in Argentina a difficult next assignment.

"We're a side that learns pretty quickly.

"We can be as hurt as we like, it's not going to change the result.

"We do have to get ourselves picked up off the floor and carry on and (I) look forward to starting that on Sunday."

New Zealand were stunned 36-34 by South Africa in Wellington last night. Source: 1 NEWS


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