All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was a content captain after watching his side overcome Tonga 41-10 in their World Cup opener at Eden Park on Friday.
New Zealand scored six tries on the day and showed flashes of brilliance, particularly during the first-half when they crossed four times.
“There was some good patches. I thought we brought the physicality,” McCaw said.
“There’s some good bits there. It’s a start - that’s all we can look at it as.”
Replacement prop Alisona Taumalolo scored Tonga’s try in a second-half that will give his team some confidence in their remaining Pool games.
“The ABs started very well. Every time we made mistakes, they scored points,” Tonga captain Finau Maka said.
“The boys came out in the second half firing - I thought we defended well and showed that we can ... score a try against the best team.
“In the World Cup, momentum is important. We take a lot of positives from this game.”