Hansen backs Coetzee as Bok coach

 All Black boss Steve Hansen is confident the Springboks will get back to their best form under their head coach, Allister Coetzee.

Since Coetzee took over in 2016, the All Blacks have scored 23 tries to just one from the Springboks in two matches between the traditional rivals. Three weeks ago, the Boks lost 57-0 to the All Blacks in Albany, the worst result in the history of Springbok rugby.

But Hansen still believes Coetzee is moving the Boks forward. 

“I thought they were pretty dangerous, actually, and if they had just been more accurate at times they would have scored some more points,” Hansen told reporters in Cape Town on Monday.

“If they continue to keep doing what they’re doing and keep growing that and get better at it, the type of game they’re going to play suits them quite a bit and it’ll make them a dangerous opposition.”

Hansen also believes the scoreline in Albany flattered the All Blacks.

“Their guys in North Harbour, whilst the score looked big, they knew they had been in a contest,” he said.

“The fact that the score got away probably wasn’t a true reflection. We were pretty fortunate. Every opportunity we created, we took, and they didn’t.”

Hansen says Saturday’s clash against the Boks is still important, despite already having sealed the Rugby Championship title.

“You know the All Blacks and you know they’re under pressure all the time to win and win well, so it doesn’t change anything there,” he said.

“The fact that we’ve won the Championship is obviously pleasing, but we’re playing against the old foe with a lot of history and we have a lot of respect for them.”

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