Steve Hansen Denies Reports Of "Scuffles" In All Black Camp

Steve Hansen Denies Reports Of

Steve Hansen Denies Reports Of "Scuffles" In All Black Camp

In doing that, hopefully, we are good enough to win the game.

Winless in a New Zealand Test series since 1971, Gatland and his 37 remaining men could enter the ranks of immortality with a win. "Both sides will come under pressure and it's about who deals with that best". Obviously, Sonny Bill Williams' dismissal was a crucial factor in their success, but the fact that the All Blacks failed to score a try for the first time in 39 games was significant and proved that Gatland had got his tactics spot on. At one stage, the Lions conceded five kickable penalties during a 15-minute spell, and had prop Mako Vunipola sin-binned following a reckless challenge on Barrett. Yep, he has confounded the doubters again.

"But I think, it's a once in a 12-year opportunity for us as players, when you get on the field you just go and play".

'Much more complicated is that if we don't have a Lions tour, the entire reciprocal arrangement between north and south falls apart. So it's nice to prove to yourself that you can.

"I struggle sometimes with the nerves but this is once-in-a-lifetime stuff, so you have to treasure it", said Sexton.

"It is not very often on a Lions tour that you get to pick the same 23 for the following game", said Gatland.

Sexton said Barrett will be a threat and offers a different dimension of play.

"As a 10, it's probably the hardest position to come into a new system or team". "There's going to be an improvement in the All Blacks but it's something we don't think is going to be a shock to us". The All Blacks have not lost at Eden Park for 23 years, a run of 38 games. It's why you do all those hours of training and preparation. "You can realise that yourself, despite what everyone else might be saying".

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"We felt we should reward the players for the result and the courage that they showed in coming from behind", Gatland said.

With no midweek game it would have been tough for any player to force his way into the test side.

Laumape will combine with Anton Lienert-Brown in the third midfield combination the All Blacks have used in the series so far. "We have got all week to try and get ready for that".

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"I'm sure when these guys go back to a club game in the United Kingdom and Ireland they'll notice that it's a hell of a lot slower there than it has been here", he said.

"I have no doubt. the players will start thinking about it later on but there's no point in getting emotionally too involved".

Gatland says he can sense there is another level within his same players and is thankful they are fully fit at the end of a long season. Last week's reverse will have hurt New Zealand deeply and we have to expect a response. "I don't sit here and plan what I'm going to do in 2019 or next year", he added. They're nervy when we lose, because it hasn't happened before. It's awesome - you can write down your goals before the game, 'No talking to the refs, ' and 20 minutes in.

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