WELLINGTON – All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has expressed his disappointment at the amount of errors his side have committed in their Rugby Championship matches but is confident they will be back to their best when they get to the World Cup in Japan.
Hansen's side drew 16-16 with South Africa at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday after replacement scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies scored a try in the final minute of play, following an error by his opposite Aaron Smith.
The All Blacks had struggled to beat Argentina 20-16 last week in Buenos Aires and the clash with the Springboks was seen as an early indicator of where both sides were ahead of their World Cup opener on Sept. 21.
"If you look at history, our June series we are always rusty," Hansen said of the performance that was blighted by numerous handling errors and timing issues.
"We scramble away and scramble away and don't play great rugby. This is our June series. We have said that the Rugby Championship is not our priority. The World Cup is.