Hansen delights in progress of new-look All Blacks


New Zealand coach Steve Hansen feels his side have "answered a lot of questions" after they completed a 3-0 whitewash of Wales with an emphatic third-Test victory in Dunedin.

Having been made to work hard for victories in the first two Tests, the All Blacks were dominant on Saturday, running in six tries on their way to a 46-6 success.

Hansen's men continue to look a class apart as the leading team in world rugby, despite the likes of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith all bringing an end to their international careers.

"If anyone had said you are going to lose 818 caps and do what we have done over the last three weeks, you would be very happy," said Hansen. "And we are, but we are not the finished article, yet.

"Not many teams would carry on, as if that hadn't happened. Particularly with the quality of the people that we lost. So we are very happy.

"We have got better with each game, we have blooded a lot of new people, we have a new leadership group and a new skipper [Kieran Read] - all of whom have done really well.

"We have answered a lot of questions."

While Wales captain Sam Warburton refused to use fatigue as an excuse for his side's poor performance at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Hansen felt the tourists were ready for the end of their tour. 

"It was difficult for them," added the former Wales boss. "They have played 17 Test matches in the last year and they go home on Sunday so maybe some of them were already on the plane.

"They will regroup because they are better than that. It's always difficult for northern hemisphere teams to be playing at the end of their season, particularly in a World Cup year, when they have played right through."