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Hansen goes radio ga ga on Gatland

 

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

The stakes for Saturday's second Test between the All Blacks and the Lions have risen further in the wake of Steve Hansen's withering attack on his opposite number Warren Gatland yesterday.

The New Zealand coach has labelled Gatland "predictable" and "desperate" in response to his complaints about the way the home side targeted Conor Murray around the breakdown, in particular tackling his standing leg after he has kicked the ball from the base of the ruck.

Gatland highlighted the issue on Sunday, but yesterday Hansen hit back by calling a local radio station to make his feelings known.

"Well, it's predictable comments from Gatland, isn't it?" Hansen said.

"Two weeks ago it was that we cheated in the scrums, last week it was blocking, and now it's this.

"We've never been like that and as a New Zealander I would expect him to know the psyche that it's not about intentionally trying to hurt anybody. It's about playing hard and fair."

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