"We played pretty good footy all the way through," Hansen said. "One bad day, you lose a game and you miss out; that's what knockout football is about, but I was really proud of the boys today."

Read was also interviewed post-match and was asked what it means to him to be in the All Blacks jersey.

Holding the emotion back, Read said: "This jersey means a lot," he said. "It's been part of my life for a long time. For me, it dictates that you try and leave it in a better place than you found it. That was my aim for my entire career and hopefully, I've done that."