All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen has slated Warren Gatland for his claims of foul play in the first test between the Lions and the All Blacks on Saturday, in which the All Blacks reigned victorious 30-15.
It is no surprise that Hansen had something to say about Gatland’s statement following the game, as it was one of some extremity. He claimed that the All Blacks targeted Conor Murray’s standing leg whenever he box kicked, “It’s predictable comments from Gatland, isn’t it?” Hansen said to New Zealand’s Radio Sport, other comments from Gatlandincluded him talking about the All Blacks ‘trying to gain an advantage on the scrums and blocking.’
For someone who should understand the Kiwi mindset it is an outlandish statement, and the All Blacks boss has put it down to desperation after the first game in the series being dubbed as the most important in shaping the remaining games in the tour. It will take a lot for the Lions to get up to the standard of their opponents on Saturday, and they have their next game against the Hurricanes to try and make it happen before they return to face the All Blacks.
Gatland was looking for a win to start off a strong series against the All Blacks, so it will be interesting to see how Gatland reacts to the loss.
With the first test not going the ways the Lions would have liked, what are your predictions for the remaining fixtures in the tour?