"It was an awesome win, awesome to keep growing belief in each other and get some momentum going into next week".
"I like to play the game tough so disappointed for a player to get (sent) off for that", he said.
But the hosts' hard work was swiftly undone.
"Not a chance", he said. "At the end, they found more space than we could cover".
New Zealand's response was a swift and strong one as they countered with two tries in four minutes.
A risky Australia pass on halfway just evaded Anton Lienert-Brown, allowing James O'Connor - making his first start since 2013 - to pick up the ball, hold off Jack Goodhue and free Reece Hodge for a straightforward dash with a one-handed offload.
The Wallabies extended the margin to 26-12 early in the second half with giant flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto scoring before Samu Kerevi set up the second.
All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett indicated his younger brother was grappling with his clumsy attempted tackle on Hooper, and subsequent punishment, which now leaves his initial World Cup fate in the hands of the judiciary.
Barrett exacted some revenge six minutes later when he darted through some flimsy Wallabies defence, with the conversion closing the gap to seven points.
Of course there could be no Australian victory over the Kiwis without an outbreak of righteous indignation from our siblings across the ditch.
In an extra sweetener, the All Blacks might surrender their world No.1 ranking to Wales for the first time since 2009 should the Welsh beat England later this weekend.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said his team were their own worst enemy, lamenting their poor discipline.
Or you will have forgotten that the last time Australia won a Test match at Eden Park in September, 1986, the Russians were still calling the recent explosion at Chernobyl a "slight malfunction".
"The red card didn't help us but we didn't help ourselves either".
With Michael Cheika's words ringing in their ears, the Wallabies attacked the start of the second half with the same determination that they started the game with.
"It's not good enough when first half you miss 10 or 20 tackles out of 90 so we were not going well", he said.