All Blacks coach Hansen welcomes 'road bumps'

10 July, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • All Blacks coach Hansen welcomes 'road bumps'

Yet unlike that legendary side, the draw wasn't enough to secure a series victory after the All Blacks won the first Test and the Lions the second.

Referee Poite initially awarded a penalty to the All Blacks in eminently kickable territory but touring captain Sam Warburton asked him to check with the TMO for accidental offside and, following consultation of the replays, the official changed his decision to a free-kick, to the chagrin of home skipper Kieran Read.

In an epic sporting encounter, it all came down to a penalty kick just two minutes from time. Some really good rugby has been played so maybe a draw was fair'.

"Going back to the World Cup, the same thing happened and Scotland missed out because they didn't use the video". I'd have liked that. Probably didn't score the points when we created the opportunities.

"His initial instincts were that it was a penalty, but then he spoke to his team of three and one of them said it was accidental".

Hansen had moments earlier tried to deflect attention away from the controversial decision, attempting to address Poite's call at the start of his post-match press conference and leave it at that.

"For a bloke to play 100 test matches for any country is unbelievable and we haven't had too many do it in New Zealand", he said.

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Nevertheless, the All Blacks can have few genuine complaints after wasting a host of decent try-scoring chances in a ferocious first half.

A long-time critic of rugby's over-complicated list of laws, Hansen urged the game's officials to act sooner rather than later so decisions like that from Saturday night were more clear cut.

"We know how much they like to slow it down and make it an arm-wrestle, especially at set piece time", Barrett said.

"Given the schedule, given how tough the tour was, to come to New Zealand and draw the series, you've got to be pretty proud of that", he said.

Lions coach Warren Gatland took a vastly different view to his countryman, suggesting the tourists themselves should have actually received the penalty due to Kieran Read's aerial challenge.

"I want to play both positions or wherever the coach wants me to play". "(The referee is thinking) 'do I go there, or do I go there?

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