Bledisloe Cup: New Zealand v Australia
Hansen expecting more direct Wallabies
August 22, 2013
Steve Hansen is preparing for a focused Wallabies outfit © Getty Images
The All Blacks expect the Wallabies to be a bigger threat as they temper their attacking instincts with more kicking designed to keep the Bledisloe Cup alive on Saturday night.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen predicted Australia would learn the lessons from their 47-29 defeat in the opening Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney.
The turnover count was 17 to eight at ANZ Stadium and the All Blacks ruthlessly punished the Wallabies' mistakes, with four of their six tries coming off the back of errors.
Hansen expects scrum-half Will Genia to be box-kicking more for territory and high-ball contests as well as a more direct, physical game.
"They'll change the way they play, they came out and thought they could run the ball from everywhere and made a lot of unforced errors and we capitalised on those," Hansen said on Thursday morning. "They'll look to reduce those so we've got to go out and play smart again and have a preparation that allows us to turn up with a real intensity and a focus that can get the job done."
Hansen has made two changes to his starting team, with young Crusaders utility back Tom Taylor making his Test debut as he replaces Aaron Cruden (knee) at fly-half and Brodie Retallick slotting into the second-row for Luke Romano (groin).
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Hansen felt the fact the Wallabies were less talkative publicly this week meant they were more focused - just like the All Blacks in 2008 when they lost the first Bledisloe Test in Sydney 34-19 before bouncing back in Auckland.
"They're obviously going to be more dangerous and the first sign of that is that they're not talking as much this week," Hansen said. "If we were in their situation - and we were (five) years ago - we would just shut down and get right into it. The mentality would be that we've got to go out and prove a point and I'm sure that's what they're going to do so we have to match that."