Hansen to adjust game-plan

Date published: June 8 2013

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen admits that his coaching stuff will need to reconfigure their tactics after struggling against France.

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen admits that his coaching stuff will need to reconfigure their tactics after struggling against France.

The All Blacks were 23-13 winners in Auckland but were left concerned for much of the second-half as France threatened to seal revenge for their Rugby World Cup 2011 Final loss.

Without key leaders in Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, New Zealand were indecisive at key moments and were occasionally second best at the breakdown against a France side with a handful of uncapped players.

Ahead of the second Test in Christchurch and the third Test in New Plymouth a week later, Hansen stated that the game-plan would be examined.

“What we're taking off the white board on to the training track looks great, but until you get real opposition you don't know how things are going to go,” said Hansen.

“Some of the things we tried we're going to have to refine to get the gains we want out of them.

“There were times tonight when we had areas as ball carriers, we didn't have enough cleaners and that's probably not the fault of the players, it's the fault of the game-plan and we need to adjust that.

“The piece I liked the most, we were in our 22 for quite a sustained period, three or four scrums, a lot of pick and goes, and we had a young side out there who kept their composure.

“That's the type of player we need to win big Test matches. There was no panic. Guys just went about doing their job and that was very encouraging.”

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