Hansen vows All Blacks will bounce back on European tour


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Steve Hansen responded defiantly as the New Zealand coach reflected on the end of the All Blacks' winning streak.

An error-strewn performance from the world champions allowed an injury-depleted Australia to claim an 18-18 draw in the third and final Bledisloe Cup game in Brisbane on Saturday, bringing to an end their winning run of 16 matches.

Despite their under-par display, victory would have been theirs had Dan Carter scored with a last-minute drop-goal attempt.

Hansen paid grudging tribute to the pressure the Wallabies exerted on his team but immediately turned his attention to the upcoming tour of Europe, which includes matches against Scotland, Italy, Wales and England.

"We'll go away and take the hurt with us and have a good look at what we did individually and collectively as a group and prepare for the next match against Scotland," he said.

"We just didn't go deep enough in our preparation and as a result we didn't get the game right."