Genia focused on positives
Australia scrum-half Will Genia was left proud of his side's effort in the 41-33 defeat to New Zealand in Dunedin.
The All Blacks clinched the Bledisloe Cup for an 11th successive year in a thrilling seven-try game - but the Wallabies looked a vastly improved outfit and pushed their hosts into some world class rugby throughout.
Genia said afterwards: "Regardless of the result I think it was our best game for the year.
"We managed to score points against a great All Blacks team, and score tries with that as well.
"It's hard. They turn up week in, week out, emotionally, mentally, physically always on the money and any little lapse in concentration they're very clinical and they score points against you.
"They're the benchmark and you only get better if you play against the best."
Australia captain James Horwill added: "We came here to win. We never like to lose but we're proud of the effort the guys put in.
"We were always trying to win the game no matter what the scoreboard was and we went down swinging and that's the commitment of the group."
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was satisfied while admitting the occasional defensive shortcoming. He said: "It wasn't perfect but we really didn't expect it to be from where we've been and what we've done in the last three weeks.
"Maybe we let a couple of soft ones in but at the end of the day it's a lot better than last year."