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