CAPE TOWN -World champions New Zealand held off a spirited fight from hosts South Africa to complete their Rugby Championship campaign unbeaten after a 25-24 win at the end of a ferocious physical battle at Newlands on Saturday.
The All Blacks, ranked one in the world, won the Rugby Championship with 28 from a possible 30 points.
Coetzee said he knew the areas that required further work: "We had them under pressure at times, but you can not give the ball away against New Zealand".
The lead changed hands twice in the ensuing 10 minutes, South African replacement back Jean-Luc du Preez's try negated by a sizzling 50-metre solo effort from All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie.
"It felt like we played two games", said Smith.
Hansen suggested the team were continuing to progress after an extraordinary 2016 when, with a team in transition, they set a record 18-match winning streak before finally tasting defeat to Ireland in Chicago last November.
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South Africa's Damian de Allende was red-carded late on for an elbow.
Normal service has been restored to the All Blacks who will put their strongest available side on the park for Saturday's Rugby Championship dead rubber against South Africa.
Whitelock, Cane, Squire and Crotty all slotted back into the starting lineup for tomorrow's clash in Cape Town, with the team essentially the same one that destroyed the Springboks 57-0 in Auckland last month.
Their level dropped off in the second half against the Pumas and was indicative of a season where the team has failed to sustain their performance for 80 minutes.
The coach said the hard work was starting to pay off for the team: "The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks", he said.
Since winning the World Cup in 2015, New Zealand have amassed 19 wins, one draw and two losses- to the Irish in the US and the second Lions test in Wellington on July 1.