‘Third place play-off should be scrapped’ – Hansen

Date published: October 26 2015

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says that the Rugby World Cup third place play-off should be scrapped, because he believes it's a money-making exercise.

The men in black edged the Boks 20-18 at Twickenham on Saturday and managed to avoid the third place play-off, booking their place in the final. 

The All Blacks are set to become the first team two win the back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles when they face Australia on Saturday, in what should be another brutal contest. 

Hansen, however feels that the battle of the losers should be done away with, because he believes that it's extremely difficult for the players to regain focus and stay enthusiastic. 

"I wouldn't want to be playing it. I don't think the players want to play it. It's difficult," said Hansen. 

"Emotionally when you get beaten and you get knocked out of the tournament it knocks you around especially if you get as close as they did to getting into the final.

"I know if the two-point margin had been the other way we wouldn't feel like playing."

Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer also believes that it's momentous task to lift your side.  

"Mentally, it's very tough," said Meyer. "It does not mean anything to me. It is like kissing your sister."

However, Hansen further said that he has no idea why there is third place play-off, as he believes that it's another way of making extra money.

"Is it another gate? Another way of making some extra money? I'm not sure," said Hansen. 

"Ask him why they think it's necessary to play it." Hansen directed the question to World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper.

"If you went to both teams both teams would say it's really difficult to get back up and play that game after the emotional roller coaster of being beaten in the semi-final."

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