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All Blacks fans who hate stress should look away now.
Rather than harangue his players for surrendering the ball 12 times during the 23-13 win over the Springboks in Yokohama on Saturday night, All Blacks coach Hansen just shrugged and suggested good things can come at a cost.
In other words if the All Blacks are going to use their attacking skills to inflict misery on their opponents they need to be prepared to accept some bad medicine in return.
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That’s good news for this World Cup tournament. Exciting rugby is being delivered in Asia. As for nervy All Blacks fans, well, they are going to have to learn to cop it sweet.
Some coaches might snap their biros in half if a player even contemplates trying to attack from behind his tryline.
Not Hansen. He’s going to encourage it.
Instead of turning the air blue when Beauden Barrett refused to kick for touch when he got the ball behind his own try line during the first pool game against the Springboks, Hansen marvelled at the fullback’s audacity and vision.
“A couple of times we got a turnover in the corner and Beauden decided to run from behind his own goal posts,” Hansen explained.
“We were one pass away from scoring at the other end if Scooter [Scott Barrett] had put it
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