Beauden Barrett insists New Zealand did not stray over the line with their physicality during yesterday’s 21-9 win over Ireland.

Both sides felt referee Jaco Peyper missed a number of questionable challenges in a tetchy contest.

New Zealand were certainly ill-disciplined in conceding 14 penalties, and the irked post-match demeanour of boss Steve Hansen suggested he had expected more from his back-to-back world champions.

Malakai Fekitoa scored twice and was sin-binned for a high tackle on Simon Zebo, while Barrett claimed the other score.

We need your consent to load this SoundCloud contentWe use SoundCloud to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Aaron Smith also picked up a yellow card as New Zealand were forced onto the back foot for most of the contest, with Ireland unable to convert a host of half chances.

Ireland lost Robbie Henshaw to a head injury and Johnny Sexton to a hamstring issue, while CJ Stander and Rob Kearney are further doubts after receiving concussion checks.

New Zealand lost Ben Smith to a compound fracture of the finger, and Sam Cane to an ankle issue.

"It's hard getting that balance but our intent was we wanted to be physical," said Barrett, man of the match."

"Technique may have let us down a couple of times with the yellow cards, but it's up to the referee to make those decisions.

"It was more attitude and intent. Our actions were the biggest focus.

"The game and the way we play the game happens if we get that first bit right.

"I was pleased with how we turned up."

The world player of the year believes the All Blacks can now set about restoring the lofty standards that secured their record 18-match winning streak.

We need your consent to load this rte-player contentWe use rte-player to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

"I guess there's a little bit of relief," said Barrett when asked to react to the victory, that atoned for their 40-29 loss to Ireland in Chicago on 5 November.

"It's also satisfaction of getting back to where we were.

"We're getting back to showing how much it means to us through our actions, and doing the jersey justice. That's what it was all about."

We need your consent to load this rte-player contentWe use rte-player to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences