Hansen unhappy at Gat­land treat­ment

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

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.”

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