'That's not the reason why we lost' - Steve Hansen backs Beauden Barrett, says All Blacks defence not up to scratch against Springboks

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was quick to defend his first-five Beauden Barrett, saying his goal-kicking wasn't perfect but it was his side's defence that let them down against the Springboks.

The Springboks secured their first win on New Zealand soil since 2009 with a 36-34 win over the All Blacks in Wellington tonight.

Barrett had a horror night with the boot only converting two out of six shots at goal in his side's Rugby Championship match.

"We could sit here and turnaround and say we could have kicked a couple of goals and won the game," Hansen said at a post-match press conference.

"That's not why we lost the game, we lost the game because we allowed South Africa to score 36-points and that is something that we can control as a team."

The All Blacks coach said his side didn’t execute under presser and the visitors deserved their 36-34 win in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

The All Blacks coach said his side just weren't good enough on defence against the plucky Springboks.

"It's a team game and in this case I know that Beauden is feeling it and he'll be disappointed but he'll (Barrett) maybe come out next week and kick 100 per cent," he said.

"That's the way goalkicking is you can't carry that bag of coal around on your back all the time because it will kill ya.

"So whilst it would have been nice it just didn't happen tonight.

"As Foz (All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster) said it hit the post twice, it doesn't get much closer than that."

Barrett converted only two conversions from six in tonight's 36-34 loss to the Springboks. Source: 1 NEWS


'No point b******* about that' - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen credits Springboks on win, doesn't blame officials for missed call

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted at tonight's press conference that he heard a call from a side-line official, saying the Springboks halfback and number eight were offside in the final moments of his side's Test match loss.

But Hansen believes had the referee in charge Nigel Owen heard the call he would have blown the whistle.

"I just heard the same thing you did, obviously Nigel (Owen) didn't hear it or he would have done something about it," Hansen told reporters.

South Africa pushed the All Blacks right till fulltime, earning themselves a 36-34 win over the home team at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Hansen said he holds no grudges against the officials and said South Africa deserved their victory.

"No point in me b******* about that, the game's about taking your opportunities and making sure the opposition don't.

"We didn't do that tonight, so the result is a credit to South Africa.

"I thought they played particularly well and we'll come out of it with a lot of things to work on.

"We'll leave Nige (Owen) out of it."

The All Blacks will take a week off before flying out to Buenos Aires where they will take on Argentina on September 30 in their next Rugby Championship match.

The All Blacks coach said his side didn’t execute under presser and the visitors deserved their 36-34 win in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS


Brave Springboks hold off All Blacks to earn famous victory in Wellington

South Africa have edged the All Blacks 36-34 in their Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight.

It was the first time the Springboks had defeated the All Blacks in New Zealand since 2009.

The All Blacks had a chance to win the match in the final stages of the Test, but Damian McKenzie had the ball stripped from him with the Springboks booting the ball into touch to earn a famous victory in Wellington.

South Africa's winger Aphiwe Dyantyi was impressive scoring two superb tries in the Test, while Willie Le Roux, Malcolm Marx and Cheslin Kolbe also crossed the try-line for the visitors.

Rieko Ioane bagged a double for the All Blacks with Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith, Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea also scoring for New Zealand.

Beauden Barrett had a night to forget with the boot, only converting two out six shots at goal.



Ireland legend hails NZ's rugby approach - 'I had no idea of their way of coaching'

Former Ireland first-five and current Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O'Gara has spoken about the superiority of coaching in New Zealand, having helped the Christchurch franchise to a second straight Super Rugby title.

O'Gara, 41, joined the Crusaders at the beginning of 2018, with his impact quickly noticed by fans as first-five Richie Mo'unga's performances showed the impact of the 128-Test veteran's influence.

Speaking to The Telegraph, O'Gara was full of praise towards the impact New Zealand rugby has had on him as a coach.

"The positivity of rugby in New Zealand has rubbed off on me," he says.

"It has changed me massively. It is intense but fascinating. I had no idea of their way of coaching. I was of the model of telling players. They don't believe in that."

"Their mantra is, 'Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.'

"New Zealanders are humble and they practise skills, running, passing. Simple things to say but complex actions on the field. But the players there come in every day with this desire to get better, every day."

O'Gara also went on to confidently assert that the All Blacks could be beaten, however victory on a consistent basis against the defending world champions is another proposition entirely.

"Of course, the All Blacks can be beaten. But consistently beaten? I don't know about that, I don't think the natural talent is any better than what we have here."

"One thing you know, though, is that the All Blacks will perform. It is up to the other nations to perform, too."

Ronan O'Gara Assistant Coach of the Crusaders  during the Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Hurricanes, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 25th May 2018.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Ronan O'Gara. Source: Photosport

'He's keen for it' - Michael Cheika backing Israel Folau's switch to wing

Israel Folau has been named to make his Wallabies return against Argentina - but not in his usual position.

Instead, coach Michael Cheika starts Folau on the right wing for tonight's Rugby Championship clash on the Gold Coast, meaning the in-form Dane Haylett-Petty will remain at fullback.

Folau hasn't started a Test match on the wing since the 2013 Bledisloe Cup, having worn the No.15 jersey for his past 61 consecutive international appearances.

It's another selection curve ball from Cheika as he seeks to restore more potency to Australia's attack after a lean return in terms of points scored across their six outings so far this year.

Cheika still thinks Folau's best position is at fullback but said Haylett-Petty deserved to remain in the No.15 jersey, and Folau had responded well to the call.

"He's keen for it ... no-one volunteers and tells the coach where they're going to play. It's not like (reality television show) X Factor, they can't vote on it," Cheika said.

"He's just keen and excited to be back playing."

Star flanker David Pocock has also been earmarked for a return to the starting side after missing last week's win over the Springboks.

Cheika is adamant both Pocock (neck) and Folau (ankle) are fit to play after both were included in his original team to face South Africa only to drop out later.

Adam Coleman, who was also scratched from the Wallabies team on match-day to be with his pregnant partner Tonia, has been named on the bench with Izack Rodda to start alongside Rory Arnold in the second row.

Meanwhile, veteran prop Sekope Kepu has returned to the 23-man squad after surprisingly missing selection last week to replace Tom Robertson.

Cheika has resisted calls to start Taniela Tupou despite his match-turning performance off the bench against the Springboks.

Argentina comfortably beat South Africa at home last month before a spirited showing ended in a 46-24 loss to New Zealand last weekend.

Michael Hooper (right) captains Israel Folau at the Waratahs and Wallabies. Source: Photosport