All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's post-match press conference was more like an Oscar-winning acceptance speech, after he guided his side to a record breaking 60-0 over Ireland.
Hansen, who has made a winning start as the new All Blacks head coach thanked everyone involved in this 3-0 series whitewash over Ireland.
"I'd like to thank Ireland for the three-match series, it is a great concept and it's great to once again be able to play a series of international matches against the same opposition," Hansen said.
"I'd also like to thank our coaching staff, it's not too often that you get a doughnut, so [defence coach] Aussie McLean can feel very pleased with himself.
"Fozzie [attack coach] has had a great week and we saw some wonderful tries, Mike Cron [forwards coach] has also done some wonderful work with the forwards.
"Lastly the players, this week after what was a pretty tough test the week before, they've bounced back, they've worked hard, were smart, have taken the bullet between the teeth and came out and played a marvellous game of rugby.
"We've had the opportunity to introduce some young players, Luke Romano having his first game was very impressive, Aaron Cruden came on and ran the team as if he'd been there for a long time and Beauden Barrett did the same thing.
"So for us it was very pleasing and it was very humbling to be a part of it."
The challenge will get tougher for the All Blacks in a couple of months when they face Australia, South Africa and Argentina in the Rugby Championship, but Hansen said there had been some important learnings from this series and the team had made plenty of progress.
"The keys things we've learnt are that if we turn up with the right attitude and the preparation is genuine, by that I mean bone deep and you don't allow the subconscious to think you've prepared well, then we've got some talent in the side that can do damage to a lot of teams," he said.
"We've learnt a lot about the players, we've introduced a whole group of young men into the black jersey and by and large we're happy with how they've performed.
"We've brought in some new types of plays and we've allowed those to progress over the three matches and finishing tonight we used all of them and they worked well for us.
"Where we go now with those, we'll have to sit down, reflect and look at the opposition we're about to play coming up shortly and see how we can use those.
"But the big thing that has pleased me is that we have also bedded down a new coaching group, including myself as head coach.
"That's worked reasonably well, we'll refine that on reflection as well and get better.
"We're a new team that's hit the road and we've hit the road running.
"We're not the finished article; we'll stay humble, keep our feet on the floor and keep working hard to get better."
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