Wal­la­bies kid­ding them­selves: Hansen

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Syd­ney: New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has dis­missed sug­ges­tions that the pres­sure is squarely on his side head­ing into to­mor­row’s Test with Aus­tralia in Syd­ney. Ear­lier this week Wal­la­bies coach Michael Cheika said the All Blacks didn’t rate the Wal­la­bies as a chance of win­ning and winger Rob Horne said the pres­sure was squarely on their op­po­nents, but Hansen said there was no dis­re­spect com­ing from across the Tas­man. “To be hon­est, if any­one looks at our record and we’ve been rea­son­ably suc­cess­ful, [you’re not] suc­cess­ful if you don’t re­spect the op­po­si­tion, so I think they’re kid­ding them­selves if they think we’re not re­spect­ing them,” he told the Aus­tralian Rugby Union web­site. Hansen sug­gested the Wal­la­bies were try­ing to cre­ate a backs against the wall men­tal­ity in the lead up to the open­ing Test. “If you look at what they’re say­ing and that I think they’re build­ing their own siege men­tal­ity and that’s fine, that’s what they’ve got to do and we cer­tainly re­spect them,” he added.

“They’re a good side, full of world class play­ers and at home they’re hard to beat so we’re go­ing to have to front up and play well.” Hansen ad­mit­ted there would be plenty of ex­pec­ta­tion on his side go­ing into the Test but that didn’t mean there wasn’t any on the Wal­la­bies.

“There’s pres­sure on the All Blacks all the time,” he ex­plained. “That’s where we live. “Ev­ery­one wants to beat us and we want to keep win­ning .” Planet Rugby

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