All Blacks foiled 'Warrenball' but Lions will adjust - Hansen

Posted June 26, 2017

- Four players have been released by the All Blacks to play for the Hurricanes against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday, the last midweek match of the Lions' New Zealand tour.

The finishing for their three tries, two to 20-year-old wing Rieko Ioane and one to hooker Codie Taylor, was clinical and they again stepped up the pace and intensity in the final quarter of a test through their superior fitness and bench input. The All Blacks missed 17 tackles in total.

The injury will prolong Jack Goodhue's time in the All Blacks' environment, called in by coach Steve Hansen as an injury replacement player.

"So here's a guy who's on 44 or 46 [Test] tries and has been an outstanding player, is in great physical knick but we chose to go in a different direction because we wanted Rieko's pace and we got a reward for that last night".

"They're going to get better with another week together and they're going to get a lot better. We are looking forward to kick off". I guess the more relaxed you can be, the better.

"We play to our strengths".

Ben Smith's repeated concussions are concerning the All Blacks.

All of which will send Warren Gatland back to the drawing board in a bid to beat the odds and win back-to-back tests for the series.

For Hansen, the Lions' tactics at the breakdown surprised him a little, although he admitted this was was a calculated gamble.

"He can do things I can't, and maybe I can do things he can't", Barrett said.

"Benda (Smith) failed the concussion tests so he is undergoing protocols and Damian McKenzie will come in for him", Hansen told reporters on Sunday. "But that comes with disadvantages as well, they might give us more space to attack". They had us under pressure early, it wasn't a surprise, but in terms of speed and physicality it was right up there. They are available for second test selection.

"We hold the advantage in that we're one up".

"You have to adjust in the game, you can only assume what they're going to bring each week and it's about how we adapt on the run", he said.

Of Read's apparent soreness after the match, Hansen said: "That's not surprising. So I was just happy to score it".