SYDNEY - Coach Steve Hansen was philosophical about New Zealand letting slip a golden opportunity to close out a record-equalling 18th straight Test win in the All Blacks' 12-12 draw with the Wallabies on Saturday night.
The All Blacks had been unbeaten since losing to England at Twickenham on their 2012 spring tour.
The world champions were bidding to match the 18 straight Test victories by their Kiwi countrymen from 1965-69 and South Africa's 1997-98 outfit in the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener in Sydney.
Instead, the All Blacks failed to convert a 9-3 halftime advantage at ANZ Stadium in the first tryless Test in Sydney since 1979.
"The record has been talked about a lot by a lot of people," Hansen said.
"But, for us, the record is the outcome of winning games and how do we feel about not winning the game? Gutted because we came here to win.
"Wherever we go we go, we go there to win. You saw that in the last minute of the game.
"We were defending, defending, defending, we get a penalty and the game's over on the clock and yet we didn't want to kick it out.
"I applaud that within the team because they've got the courage to want to play and win and be better than just a draw."