18 Aug 2013

Hansen equivocal about Wallabies

1:21 pm on 18 August 2013

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has both baited and damned the Wallabies with faint praise after another demolition job on Australia.

Saturday's 47-29 Bledisloe Cup victory means Australia have now won just two of their past 18 games against the World Cup holders.

And it leaves Australia with the Herculean task of beating the All Blacks twice in New Zealand if they want to hold the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in 11 years.

Despite New Zealand's indisputable recent dominance of the Wallabies, Hansen surprisingly suggested Australia wasn't getting their share of luck in their trans-Tasman encounters, and he think they've had a nucleus of a very good side for a long time.

Asked about Australian five-eighths Matt Toomua and Quade Cooper, Hansen couldn't resist making a jibe about the amount of New Zealand-born pivots in the two squads.

Hansen says with four of the five being New Zealanders, he's just glad he's got Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett in his squad.

Toomua was born in Melbourne but has a New Zealand mother and Samoan dad.

Hansen also felt Cruden and captain Richie McCaw answered their critics with their efforts in Saturday's game, especially McCaw.

The coach says to come back after having a break and everyone doubting him, to get through the 70 minutes like McCaw did shows the character of the bloke once again.