Planet Rugby

Hansen expects England to improve

08th June 2014 10:03

Share:

Corey Jane Mike Brown NZ V England Test 2014

The number of dropped balls off kicks is a worry for Steve Hansen

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen expects England to build on their performance from the first Test as the series progresses.

Hansen's charges were held for large periods by England at Eden Park on Saturday and it took a late Conrad Smith try to secure a 20-15 victory which gave the All Blacks a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series ahead of Saturday's second Test in Dunedin.

"I think we're all on the same page now that England aren't a bad side - I've been trying to tell you that," said Hansen.

"We've got a lot of work to do between now and next Saturday - we know now this is going be one of those special test series."

Hansen doesn't expect England coach Stuart Lancaster to change too much to his side's style despite having an additional 16 players to pick from after they arrived late from last weekend's Premiership Final.

"They won't change how they play," he added.

"Their game-plan may vary one or two degrees but basically we'll get what we got tonight, with maybe some different faces or fresher faces.

"The issue with Test rugby particularly in this country when you're in the middle of a competition, there's such a short period of time to get everybody gelled together.

"If we start panicking too much about what England do and change everything we're doing we'll recreate what we had this week which is a lot of learning and clutter."

Hansen rated the All Blacks' performance at around 70 percent and admitted that the number of dropped ball off kicks was a big concern.

"When you see Ben Smith and Israel Dagg do it, and they're two of the best people in the world at it, it might have been one of those nights," he said.

"We'll have a good look at the tapes, and won't panic. We'll work on the things we need to work on, and come back really excited about what's going to be a great challenge in this three-match series."

Captain Richie McCaw believes his side's below-par showing was due to rust and their competitive opponents.

"I thought in the first half we were a bit rusty," he said.

"I said to the boys during the week test footy is a step up in intensity and pace, and I felt we were just half a yard off it in the first half.

"That second half we started to get into the game and build a bit of pressure. We got there in the end but we need to be a lot better going into the second test because you expect England for the same reasons to be better."

McCaw said England's staunch competitiveness did not surprise him.

"It was pretty combative round the contact area with and without the ball," he added.

"It was pretty physical which we expected. It's easy to expect but it's not until you get into it you're really reminded what test footy is all about.

"It's always the way every year in those first few minutes: It's here we are in test footy."

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821