Hansen blasts big-screen re­plays after in­ci­dents in All Blacks match

The Press - - Sport - MARC HIN­TON IN LYON

They are the ones with a weight of a na­tion on their shoul­ders. That pres­sure has only in­creased since Peru’s lack­lus­tre show­ing in the 0-0 draw in the first leg in Welling­ton on Satur­day.

It means a scor­ing draw would send the All Whites through on away goals, while a score­less draw sends the game to ex­tra time and pos­si­bly penal­ties. Peru have to win to qual­ify.

To com­bat that pres­sure, Hud­son said he ex­pected Peru to start fast to try to score an early goal.

‘‘The longer the game goes the way it is [0-0], the pres­sure will in­crease on the All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is­sued a cal­cu­lated, im­pas­sioned and rea­soned blast at the in­flu­ence home-town big screen op­er­a­tors con­tinue to have over on-field de­ci­sions in high-level matches in the wake of his sec­ond-string team’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing 28-23 vic­tory over a fu­ri­ous French XV in Lyon. It wasn’t a knee-jerk, sour grapestype la­ment ei­ther from the All Blacks mentor.

His team won the match, so he was speak­ing from the strong­est po­si­tion pos­si­ble. He wasn’t jaun­diced by de­feat or wound up by the emo­tions of an in­jus­tice cost­ing him a vic­tory. Two big de­ci­sions went against the All Blacks late in their four tries to three win that was made more dif­fi­cult by the sin­bin­ning of cen­tre Jack Good­hue with 12 min­utes to play. Both ap­peared in­flu­enced by re­plays on the big screen that were then picked up by the crowd, and sub­se­quently led to the TMO jump­ing in. The first came, in the 65th minute, when re­place­ment prop Atu Moli was judged to have run an in­ter­fer­ence line, and the ref­eree fi­nally went to the TMO just as Richie Mo’unga was lin­ing up a shot at goal. The de­ci­sion was re­versed to a French re­liev­ing penalty.

The sec­ond came when Good­hue was ad­judged to have clipped a French sup­port run­ner. The in­ci­dent was missed ini­tially, but was soon re­vis­ited when the fans voiced their ire.

His point re­volves around that these big-screen re­plays of key in­ci­dents only ever in­volve de­ci­sions which favour the home team. There is never em­pha­sis on a de­ci­sion that goes against the vis­i­tors.

Hansen has pre­vi­ously lamented the in­flu­ence of the in­ground

home team. Be­cause of that Peru will start fast.’’

That was in stark con­trast to what their op­po­si­tion were ex­pect­ing of them. Peru coach Ri­cardo Gareca said New Zealand would con­tinue with their de­fen­sive mind­set.

‘‘I’m sure they’re go­ing to stay back. Know­ing this, we’ll have to be pa­tient and pass the ball around.’’

There has been talk about what Peru might change with their at­tack to break down New Zealand’s de­fence. Some have sug­gested Jef­fer­son Far­fan might be re­placed up front by Raul Ruidiaz.

If Reid’s re­sponse to a ques­tion about Far­fan was any­thing to go by, then Peru should cer­tainly think long and hard about play­ing him up front again.

‘‘I don’t want to sound ar­ro­gant, but I think I, and my team-mates, are used to play­ing against good strik­ers, so it’s not a shock for us.’’

All Whites de­fender Tommy Smith will need a fit­ness test to­day to de­ter­mine if he could play after he sat out yes­ter­day’s fi­nal train­ing ses­sion with a calf in­jury. He looks likely to be re­placed in the start­ing lineup by An­drew Du­rante.

The prog­no­sis was slightly bet­ter for striker Chris Wood and his tight ham­string. He is in line to start the sec­ond leg, al­though Hud­son said he wasn’t their only at­tack­ing weapon.

‘‘Chris Wood is very im­por­tant to us, but we have many play­ers on the pitch who are im­por­tant and also dan­ger­ous, so we’re not putting all our faith in Chris Wood.

‘‘We have lots of other play­ers we know can score and have scored away from home against big teams and caused prob­lems against big teams, so we go into the game con­fi­dent.’’

The streets in the Peru­vian cap­i­tal are all decked out in the red and white of the team’s colours.

The Peru­vian Football Fed­er­a­tion has also an­nounced it will al­low a Peru­vian flag to be dis­played be­fore 50,000 peo­ple at Es­ta­dio Na­cional de Lima dur­ing the game. The flag is re­ported to be 100 me­tres long and took fans weeks to stitch to­gether.

‘‘You haven’t been to a World Cup for 30 years, have you?’’ Win­ston Reid, left, with An­thony Hud­son, fires back at Peru­vian me­dia

re­play of­fi­cial. He com­plained in 2014 in Jo­han­nes­burg when the All Blacks lost a test to the Spring­boks when a Liam Mes­sam in­fringe­ment was picked up after re­peated big-screen re­plays. Pat Lam­bie slot­ted the re­sul­tant match-win­ning penalty.

‘‘The dis­ap­point­ing point at times is when peo­ple run­ning the big screen get to con­trol the game. So World Rugby need to do some­thing about that.

‘‘You can’t be tried by the big screen. It’s ei­ther the TMO or the ref that are go­ing to do that. If you keep show­ing it on the big screen and the crowd starts go­ing crazy, you get de­ci­sions turned around.

‘‘They only show what they want to show, and I think it was poor.’’

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