Hansen optimistic despite Bledisloe loss


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    Losing is a rare experience for the All Blacks and coach Steve Hansen has challenged his team to make the most of it after their Bledisloe Cup streak of dominance came to an end.

    New Zealand fell 23-18 in Saturday’s dead rubber third Test at Suncorp Stadium, ending a run of seven straight wins over Australia.

    It marks the first time since 2011 that New Zealand have lost two Tests in a calendar year.

    It played out like the sequel to the second trans-Tasman clash in Dunedin, but this time the Wallabies were able to hold onto their lead and repelled an intense late rally from the world champions to score the breakthrough victory.

    Hansen was philosophical about the result, noting the absence of key players like Beauden Barrett and Brodie Retallick and acknowledging there was no absence of effort from the team he rolled out.

    “We’ll go back and review our game and look at the things we need to work on and we’ll fix them. The sun will come up tomorrow,” Hansen said.

    “When you look at the people that aren’t here and the people that are, what a great opportunity for this team to grow and learn.

    “The wheels on the bus keep going around, in two weeks’ time we have to play another game and we’ll take those learnings and we’ll use the hurt that’s here to grow.

    “For a lot of guys, that’s probably the first loss they’ve had in the All Black jersey. It’s a feeling you don’t just wash away, it’ll take time to absorb it and you learn a lesson from it.

    “There’ll be some real good lessons to be learned.”

    Hansen conceded the Wallabies deserved the win, and rued handing the home side what he said was a seven-point head start through Reece Hodge’s 70m intercept try early in the contest.

    “They didn’t blow any of the opportunities they had, they worked hard and put us under pressure as well and prevented us taking ours,” he said.

    “Australia played well. They’ll be happy with themselves. Hopefully they kick on and have a great northern tour.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • October 22nd 2017 @ 7:40am
      Taylorman said | October 22nd 2017 @ 7:40am | ! Report

      Well said. Sums it up nicely, remains positive…about both teams.

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      October 22nd 2017 @ 8:34am
      Peter Robinson said | October 22nd 2017 @ 8:34am | ! Report

      Yeah, Hansen says the right things and is genuine. He gets a lot of rope from me as I think he’s the best coach we have ever had.

      That being said, 2 losses and a draw so far this year isn’t fantastic. With bad luck we could have had 5 losses, with good luck we could be unbeaten. We aren’t a 5 loss-bad team, nor are we an unbeaten type team. We have a lot of inexperienced players and lots of key personnel unavailable. If you are going to have a down year in a World Cup cycle, this is the year to have it. We are having a down year, not so much in terms of results, but in terms of consistence of good performance.

    • October 22nd 2017 @ 8:45am
      riddler said | October 22nd 2017 @ 8:45am | ! Report

      very fair and reasonable comments by hansen..

      the abs played well.. it was a great game..

    • October 22nd 2017 @ 9:39am
      mad mick said | October 22nd 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

      It has taken more than 2 years to find a replacement for MaNonu. The midfield just don’t have any penetration. It is effecting how those in side and out side are playing. In the two years since Nonu has departed they have burnt off so many good players all because they insist on SBW being in the team.(and claim hes still learning) Ranger ..gone. MoAla.. gone. Fekitao.. gone Tamanivalu.. gone. SBW is over the hill he is slow he has nothing to offer in a team that should be building for the WC. if Foster, Hansen, Fox believe SBW is the future then its time for them to go.

      Scott Barrett is not an international lock.
      Liam Squire cannot carry nearly as well as Fifita.

      last night the ABS needed game breakers and they didn’t have anyone.

      • October 22nd 2017 @ 11:49am
        zhenry said | October 22nd 2017 @ 11:49am | ! Report

        As good as SBW is tackling, he is not consistently providing attack. I think the coaches have to make the hard call; Crotty and ALB, with SBW off bench.
        SBW made a nice offload for Ione try but few and far between.
        Think Hansen should have used Cruden much more, that goes for whole team. The alternation is required – there is no way ABs can sustain their players in Super Finals (plus travel) and then straight into Championship, no wonder the tight 5 have injuries. The young props and locks need game time with the experience; one new with 4 experienced. Sopp needs more regular game time and so on.
        Cruden huge loss, (had great connection with SBW) his play went off for lack of game time.
        Not a Foster fan, his attack is being worked out, and despite saying ‘they are working on it’ they are not improving under pressure.
        One of the big failings of Brisbane test was lack of team cohesion (ABs), they made the hit tackle, but where was the support?

        Two things: The players must stop reading media. esp before AU games.
        Fairfax present ABs without respect (not so for WBs) this biased media preparation for a test has powerful effect on players, what’s more Hansen seems to respect media too much, (I suspect a ‘died in the wool conservative’) including his rambling ‘reveal all’ news conferences. Also on same note, I am not in favor of players giving heartfelt news-confer. in my opinion it interferes negatively with how they play.
        AB coaches need to be chosen on their record not so much on mateship, not a clear cut thing I know, but the recent coaches who have gone overseas is like throwing away gold.

        • October 22nd 2017 @ 2:03pm
          mad mick said | October 22nd 2017 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

          Good comments. The loss of coaches is a huge downside for NZ rugby. Schmidt, Cotter, Brown, Keane, Rennie the list can go on. Tana is not the answer he is having major problems at the Blues. He needs to start by getting a haircut and making the blues players follow suit.

        • October 22nd 2017 @ 2:50pm
          Taylorman said | October 22nd 2017 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

          Yes tend to agree, I dont like his pairing with Barrett either, and it looks as though Barrett will be the 10 till the cows come home so they need to sort that disconnect.

          In saying that SBWs defence has been top shelf, the best in the tournament so far. Thats one reason alone to try and see him through to Japan.

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 3:04pm
            robert said | October 22nd 2017 @ 3:04pm | ! Report

            do you think that jordie is going to end up playing in the midfield longterm?

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 3:50pm
            cuw said | October 22nd 2017 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

            i think NZ need to look at a younger pair of centers .

            they know what Crotty and Sonny can do – so maybe need to try Brown and Goodhue .

            in the miter 10 semi one NZ commentator was saying Goodhue is the best at chop-tackling in the country.

            NZ need to get more players in the all blacks mix. the way concussions are going they will need a threefold depth everywhere .

            in this match , i was wondering why they did not put Havivli at 15 and Dmac on a wing , when he came on for Ioane first.

            Havivli is the next best 15 in NZ at the moment. even Dagg could not move him and he is one of the best.

            • October 22nd 2017 @ 5:44pm
              Fionn said | October 22nd 2017 @ 5:44pm | ! Report

              12. Crotty or Laumape, 13. ALB/Goodhue?

              • October 22nd 2017 @ 6:01pm
                cuw said | October 22nd 2017 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

                Charlie Ngatai – if he can be ok .

                Crotty is the best defensive center in NZ , but Chralie is the best tactician.

                And he is still faster than Crotty, despite all the injuries to his legs.

                it was bad timing that when CN was at his peak , NZ already had two fine centers , who managed to stay injury free.

                not forgetting the current concussion protocols – only God knows how many knocks Nonu ans Smith would have suffered in their 60 odd partnership.

        • October 22nd 2017 @ 5:38pm
          lassitude said | October 22nd 2017 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

          Foster gives me the squirts. And to think he’s, supposedly, first in line after Hansen goes.

          But I’m not sure the attack plan was all his. Hansen has form in getting too cute from time to time.

    • October 22nd 2017 @ 9:59am
      Drongo said | October 22nd 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      All ok, except one thing. ‘First loss in the AB jersey’. Has he forgotten the Lions?

      • October 22nd 2017 @ 10:22am
        Ed said | October 22nd 2017 @ 10:22am | ! Report

        These players lost their first test last night – Hames, Scott Barrett, Sopoaga, DMac and Havili.

        • October 22nd 2017 @ 10:32am
          Terry Tavita said | October 22nd 2017 @ 10:32am | ! Report

          those players are not regular starters..

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            October 22nd 2017 @ 1:04pm
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            • October 22nd 2017 @ 2:54pm
              Taylorman said | October 22nd 2017 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

              Yes that was certainly part of it. Each is a very good player but together theyre not strong enough to carry the side, those hugely experienced players theyre replacing. Oz smelt fear and they got eaten up.

        • October 22nd 2017 @ 1:59pm
          mad mick said | October 22nd 2017 @ 1:59pm | ! Report

          Scott Barrett has lost against Ireland and the Lions.

      • October 22nd 2017 @ 6:22pm
        rebel said | October 22nd 2017 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

        He said some for some players and he is correct. So I guess that is ok also.

    • October 22nd 2017 @ 2:19pm
      Kiwi in nz said | October 22nd 2017 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

      Well it was a close one for sure. Good on oz. they are lifting which is good, although it would of been okay if NZ won. But NZ and OZ will get on with NH tour. See what happens.

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