Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Hansen wants All Blacks to embrace World Cup pressure

Hansen wants All Blacks to embrace World Cup pressure

Bridge was the hero for New Zealand in the second half with three tries in the 41st, 52nd and 57th minutes and Matt Todd (46') and Ardie Savea (47') crossing whitewash taking their tally to 85 points.

Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty and Sevu Reece also had two tries apiece, while Beauden Barrett had seven conversions.

They begin their campaign against South Africa on September 21.

"We just wanted to keep control".

Despite their problems, New Zealand´s players were greeted by hundreds of autograph-hunting fans outside the team hotel, a welcome that visibly moved some of the exhausted players and which prompted captain Kieran Read to say: "This is just a stud, it´s really blowing us away".

The All Blacks were in awesome form as they ran in 14 tries in Hamilton with nine different try scorers.

Their defence was also strong and they played the last 15 minutes with 14 men, bringing the uninjured Crotty off despite having used all of their replacements.

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"It's really hard (for me) when your players play for five different franchises in New Zealand", Hansen said. "You've got to earn the right to score tries like we did and if wingers are scoring tries on the sideline that means you're doing a good job on the inside".

They were relentless from the off and had already scored eight tries by half-time as they led 54-0.

Canada, the last country to qualify for the Rugby World Cup, enters the tournament later this month as the second-lowest ranked squad in the 20-team field.

Despite the heavy defeat Piutau said they had to build on the performance, not rip everything up and start again.

For those in the U.S. looking to watch the match, it won't be on regular TV, but can watch the game live on ESPN+, the digital streaming service from ESPN that has exclusive coverage of dozens of live sports, all the 30-for-30 documentaries and other original content for $4.99 per month.

"The key to this game is that we want to give as many people that we think we'll use against South Africa game time", Hansen said, per the Herald.

"It was great to play an expansive game and have so much ball where we could dictate terms", he said. "We have taken a lot of lessons out of this and hopefully we can execute come the World Cup".

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