‘This team hates losing… it sucks’

Date published: October 5 2014

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After suffering only their second defeat in three years, All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen admitted that “it sucks really.”

After suffering only their second defeat in three years, All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen admitted that “it sucks really.”

Pat Lambie’s 79th-minute penalty condemned New Zealand to defeat for the first time since against England in 2012.

Eager to underline that the Springboks were the better side, Hansen still took great pride from his team’s attitude in chasing down a 24-13 lead.

“We are all disappointed, this team hates losing…it sucks really, but every now and again you are going to do it,” said Hansen.

“I will reiterate that the right team won, but having said that we’re still bloody proud and would have been happy had we snuck it.

“We will go away and look at it, we’ll learn some things from it as we always do. The thing that makes me proud the most is that they never gave up.”

Criticising his team’s start, Hansen reiterated that South Africa deserved their win at Ellis Park after New Zealand defeated them 14-10 in Wellington.

“It was a great game of rugby and could have gone either way, but my heart tells me the Boks deserved it today,” added Hansen.

“We didn’t start the game well enough, they put us under pressure and got away to a good start.

“But I’m really proud of our guys for the way they came back, they showed a lot of composure and heart.

“After giving the Boks a 24-13 head-start, I thought we came home OK, we were pretty good I reckon. In a running race if I give you 10 metres as a start I reckon I’ll beat you. But if I give you 15, there’s no show.”

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