Hansen's memorable moments from ABs streak

17:00, Aug 09 2014
Ryan Crotty
STREAK-SAVER: Ryan Crotty's last-minute try to help salvage a 24-22 victory over Ireland in Dublin, completing the All Blacks' 14-0 season last year.

The All Blacks have the chance to claim a world record in Sydney this week with their 18th successive test victory. We asked Steve Hansen for his strongest recollections of the 14-month winning streak.

MOST MEMORABLE GAME:

Result: 38-27 against Springboks, Johannesburg

Every test is special, particularly the ones you win, but in that sequence probably Johannesburg because it was such a special game.

ONE TEST WHERE YOU THOUGHT IT MIGHT GET AWAY:

Result: 24-22 against Ireland, Dublin

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The Irish game is the obvious one. We were well down and we had to find a way to get back and win it.

BEST ATMOSPHERE:

Result: 38-27 against Springboks, Johannesburg

Johannesburg, closely followed by the Irish game because the fans were going nuts supporting the Ireland team.

ONE THAT STANDS OUT IN TERMS OF OVERCOMING ADVERSITY:

Result: 38-27 against Springboks, Johannesburg

From a travel and fatigue point of view Johannesburg was that one. To play at altitude with that intensity - and that style of game that both teams played is difficult to match. Then you put the travel on top of that, it was pretty special.

BEST DEFENSIVE EFFORT:

Result: 30-0 against France, Christchurch

Probably against France in Christchurch where we kept them to zero. We defended 15 or 16 phases and Sam Cane charged down a kick and we scored at the other end.

ONE WHERE YOUR HEART-RATE TRIPLED:

My heart-rate doesn't triple. It is what it is. There probably isn't one that stands out there.

A UNIQUELY SURREAL EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU LOOKED AT THOSE IN THE COACHING BOX AND THOUGHT ‘THAT WAS SOMETHING ELSE!':

Result: 24-22 against Ireland, Dublin

Johannesburg and Aaron Cruden's second kick to win the game against Ireland. It was like "wow did that just happen? Did we get out of that?"

A GAME YOU WOULD LIKE TO FLUSH AND HAVE AGAIN:

Result: 20-15 against England, Auckland

The first test this year against England. I thought we cluttered the players. I wouldn't mind having that week again. In saying that we learnt a lot.

BEST TRY:

Result: 24-22 against Ireland, Dublin

We've scored a few. Ryan Crotty's try was remarkable under that much pressure and to have that much patience and discipline to do everything right. A try we scored in Jo'burg, I think it was Julian Savea or Kieran Read. Some really nice work went into that one. And Beauden Barrett's against France in Christchurch. They're three that stand out. I've probably left out some really good ones.

MOST COMPLETE PERFORMANCE:

Result: 38-27 against Springboks, Johannesburg

I don't know if you ever have a complete performance. You're always striving to be better, but you can't go away from the Jo'burg game. Both teams played really well. It was a special game, in a special place, in a rugby nation that's got a lot of history with New Zealand.

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