Hansen unhappy at Gatland treatment
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has leapt to Warren Gatland’s defence after the
mocked up the Lions boss as a cartoon clown. Hansen described the move as “really disappointing” and underlined his respect for Gatland as they prepare for battle in tomorrow’s second Test at Westpac Stadium.
“You guys are having a field day at the moment between Gats and I, so I am not feeding it,” Hansen told reportersin Wellington. “You are alluding to the cartoon? I think it is really disappointing. It’s one thing to have a bit of banter, and then you guys beef it up to make it bigger than it really is. I have heard you say that I don’t like him, and we won’t have a beer.
“I have got a lot of respect for him. I think he is a good coach. I have got a lot of respect for the Lions, they are a good team. “But to ridicule someone is not right. It’s a bit disappointing, really. I am looking forward to having a beer with him and a chuckle about life.
For his part, Gatland told reporters, “I think I’ve been pretty mild. I’ve tried to be complimentary of the All Blacks. They are the best team in the world. “I don’t know if there’s any hostility from this side. Hopefully, we can have a good game of rugby, and maybe enjoy a beer together afterwards.”