Hansen expects Lions to throw plenty into second Test

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Lynn McConnell     25 Jun 2017     Getty Images

The Lions opened up the All Blacks backline to score one superb try and to go close on three other occasions in the 30-15 win for the home side at Eden Park.

The first Test had just been a start and the team had a lot of work to do. They had exposed the All Blacks in a couple of areas.


"They're going to have to chuck everything at us to stay alive and we've got an opportunity to wrap it up so it'll be a massive game. But I think all three Tests are going to be big," Hansen said.

The All Blacks would be addressing their kick-chase while the defensive lineouts of both teams had been effective so they needed to sort their own lineout and be able to take some of the Lions' ball.

He was satisfied with the discipline the All Blacks showed in leaving Lions first five-eighths Owen Farrell with only one attempted penalty goal in the game.

"It was one of the things we talked about going into the Test match that we didn't want to give away stupid penalties because they were either going to kick to the corner and try to drive over or anywhere from halfway and beyond they were capable of kicking goals.

"We didn't want to give them momentum through our own stupid mistakes," he said.

The All Blacks had benefited from the Lions not putting more people in at the breakdown because they wanted more people for line speed and because the Lions would look to get better at that the All Blacks would have to be better at the breakdown, he said.

Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie has been called into the squad for Ben Smith while he goes through concussion protocols. As cover for Ryan Crotty who did a hamstring Jack Goodhue would remain with the squad while Akira Ioane would also stay as a result of Matt Todd suffering a calf strain in training.

Four players have also been released to play for the Hurricanes, Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita.

Dane Coles wasn't considered as a Hurricanes option. While he was cleared of concussion he was regarded as being in pre-season mode and needed time to rebuild and come back. Hansen said unless there was a miracle he wouldn't play for the All Blacks in the remaining two Tests and was unlikely to play for the Hurricanes in the first or second weeks of Super Rugby when it resumes.

"If they continue on into the competition he should be ready to play for them," he said.

Hansen said it wouldn't be fair to let the non-playing members of the Test squad miss out on the chance to play the Lions. It was a chance that only came every 12 years.

While there were no guarantees of selection over the next two Tests they would each benefit from game time.

"A hit out against the Lions will be great for them in their careers and it's something I think we need to honour as being the best thing possible for the Lions tour," he said.

"Lions tours are important and we don't want to lose them. You saw last night that they create a great Test match but their fans bring a lot too and they're outstanding in their enthusiasm and they even get us a little bit excited as New Zealand fans. They force us to get out of our shell and get us to be boisterous and do stuff that we as Kiwis don't normally like doing," he said.