For the majority of people, the 2017 drawn Test series between the All Blacks and the Lions is remembered as a compelling rugby saga, a piece of pure sporting drama. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
So, with time having passed, I wondered whether the man who coached the host nation was now able to see it in that light and just be happy to have been a part of it. Knowing Steve Hansen as I do, I should have known better.
“No, he replies, “because I don’t think I coached as well as I could have that year. I was pretty disappointed in myself and some of the coaching decisions I made. I also know it could have gone drastically in a different way. There was that red card in the second Test and we led well deep into that game.”
“Then to lose it on a penalty where a guy tackles a guy jumping to catch the ball from a poor pass when everyone knows that wasn’t intentional of that rule, that’s frustrating. Then the last game was frustrating with the decision at the end that was so obvious to everybody, but no-one wanted to admit to it.”
“So those things they hang around and play on your mind. But the biggest thing that stops me from moving on is really how I coached because I think I could have done it better.” Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“Oh, you just know,” he says, speaking down the line from his home in Christchurch. I made a couple of decisions that I look back on and think I shouldn’t have done that. It’s the same with the World Cup, the week of the semi-final against England. There were a couple of things I could have driven differently that I didn’t do and you kind of wish you had.”
“Look any Lions series is great because it brings so much more than a normal series because it brings the combination of four different countries to do battle against one and it also brings a whole lot of supporters. I love the Lions concept and it disappoints me they have shortened the tour to South Africa next year.”
It’s abundantly clear Hansen hasn’t been able to put what happened in 2017 to bed yet, so I wonder what he makes of Warren Gatland’s suggestion of staging a decider next year ahead of the Lions tour of South Africa.
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