All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said while disappointed with the 15-15 draw in the series decider against the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on Saturday the series itself had been a 'wonderful advertisement for rugby'.
He congratulated the Lions and said both teams had played their hearts out through the three Tests.
While there was another controversial finish to the game, New Zealand was on the losing end of refereeing decisions in the last minutes of both the second and third Tests, Hansen said rugby was a tough game to referee and that from little children player the game the attitude was that you had to learn to take the good with the bad and they would accept the position.
He said he didn't want to comment on the refereeing itself as that was something that would be done through the proper channels.
The missed opportunities were down to the way the Lions had pressured the All Blacks.
"We didn't cope with that the way we normally would," he said.
But he added there had been some very good rugby played and maybe a drawn result was fair.
Captain Kieran Read, who was presented with his silver cap for playing his 100th Test, said it was a hollow feeling.
"We don't turn up to draw, or lose, we want to win but we will look back [sometime in the future] and think a draw was better than a loss," he said.
It was probably fair that it represented a result of two teams who had gone hard at it.
Assistant coach Ian Foster said Test starters on debut, Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett should be satisfied and proud of their efforts.
"Ngani has made quite an impression since he came in," he said.
His ball carrying ability was well known but he had managed to put a kick in behind the opposition and made a good off-load and he would have learnt a lot from the experience.
"Jordie did really well. Things happened around him and it bodes well for these guys in the future," he said.