Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Hansen warns of backlash

Steve Hansen

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has primed England for an All Blacks backlash in Saturday's second Test at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The world champions edged the series opener 20-15 but have been criticised for an uncharacteristically error-ridden evening at their Eden Park stronghold.

In an ominous warning to England, Hansen insists his 1/8 favourites are determined to make amends in Dunedin.

"There are not too many times that New Zealand teams play poorly and then don't respond in some fashion," Hansen said.

"If we dropped those who played poorly in that first Test, we wouldn't have anyone on the park. That's how bad the performance was.

"We know some of the reasons why we played poorly and one of them was a lack of preparation time.

"As a coaching group and playing group we've got faith in what we're trying to do it's just a matter of getting it right on the night.

"Our skill-sets were very poor, probably the poorest they've ever been but this week we've trained well.

"There's a lot more intensity and purpose about what we've done. The guys themselves are very disappointed in the way they played.

"We shouldn't lose sight of the fact we did manage to win the Test.

"But at the same time they're very proud people who want to play a quality of game that we can all be proud of. Last week we weren't proud of our performance.

"We haven't panicked. We've just gone about looking at our game in an honest fashion.

"We're really looking forward to Saturday because it's an opportunity that has come around really quickly to erase that poor performance."

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