All Blacks coach Steve Hansen full praise for his troops after tense Rugby World Cup final
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen praised the composure of his players as they saw off a Wallabies challenge to claim back-to-back World Cups.
New Zealand triumphed 34-17 on Sunday morning (NZ time) in London. But after leading 21-3 they conceded two converted tries with fullback Ben Smith in the bin for a tip-tackle.
A stunning finish saw the All Blacks complete the deal and ease the changing emotions in the coaching box as New Zealand collected a third World Cup.
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"I've always said worry is a wasted emotion. You have to plan for some of these things. We knew we could possibly have someone in the bin at some stage, so it's just a matter of making sure you have everyone knowing what they have to do," Hansen said.
Clearly the planning for the worst-case scenarios paid off. It was another sign of the coaching class of Hansen who has taken this team to another level since their 2011 cup triumph at home.
Coolness under pressure has become a trademark of a team that has frequently squeezed out of tight situations.
Hansen felt that composure in the team with their preparations for the match had translated into performance.
"I'm really proud of the boys. We have had a big week. They just quietly built away and got the job done tonight," Hansen said.
Hansen made mention of the standout performance from Dan Carter.
"He's one of the great players so to be able to come out and show all of his skills is pretty special," Hansen said, adding that the victory was the perfect farewell gift for a core of experienced players, including Carter, who were calling time on their All Blacks careers
"It's a great way to finish for them … you couldn't have scripted it any better," Hansen said, also having a word of praise for the valiant Wallabies.
"The Australians played their hearts out, they did their country proud."