Hansen calls for focus
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has told his side to keep their feet on the ground if they want to retain the Bledisloe Cup next Saturday.
By Rebecca Stephenson
Last Updated: 19/08/12 1:12pm
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has told his side to keep their feet on the ground if they want to retain the Bledisloe Cup next weekend.
The All Blacks won the first encounter with Australia 27-19 in Sydney on Saturday night ahead of the return fixture in Auckland.
It was the first time the World Cup winning trio of Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu and Owen Franks had played together in the front row since the last year's final, putting in a dominating performance against the Wallabies.
The only disappointment was that Woodcock is now a slight doubt for the rematch, after being forced off with a minor rib injury in the second half.
Hansen said: "If we go home and think we've done the job already then it's a recipe for disaster.
"It's about going home, staying humble, keeping our feet firmly on the ground and not too much back slapping.
"We've got an opportunity here to keep it (the Bledisloe Cup) if we prepare well and make sure we do what we have to do in a genuine fashion.
"And then if we front up on Saturday night with the right attitude, we give ourselves plenty of opportunity to do that because we have quite a lot of talent in the team."