28 Jun 2009

All Blacks win fails to impress coach

7:49 am on 28 June 2009

The All Blacks coach Graham Henry says his team has plenty of work to do before the Tri Nations, following an unconvincing 27-6 defeat of Italy in Christchurch.

Joe Rococoko scored his first Test try in almost two years, while Isaac Ross and George Whitelock scored the first tries of their Test career for the home side.

It was 13-3 at half-time.

The 21-point win is New Zealand's lowest score against Italy, and a far cry from the last time the two sides faced off last year, when the All Blacks ran in 11 tries.

Henry says the Italians defended well but he's very disappointed with the way his team played.

He says they have to improve before they play Australia in three weeks' time.

Meanwhile the Italian captain Sergio Parisse was cited after the match over an eye gouging incident on Ross.