Sunday 23 September 2018

All Blacks must keep focus for Ireland game – Hansen

New Zealand's Julian Savea. Picture: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
New Zealand's Julian Savea. Picture: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

NEW Zealand coach Steve Hansen has warned his players to be "very careful that we don't get ahead of ourselves" against Ireland at The Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

The All Blacks are on track to become the first nation in the professional era to complete an unbeaten test season with their 14th encounter.

"The big challenge for us is not to get focused on the outcome. If we start thinking about that, then we will drop the ball. It's got to be business as usual," said Hansen.

"We need to pick the right team, pick people who have got energy and are ready to go and then prepare as well as we possibly can.

"If we do that then we know we have got the talent to get the outcome that we all want," he said.

Clearly, Hansen is determined to guard against any complacency as his players set out to finish their season on a high without the injured Dan Carter.

"The job's not done just because we have beaten England. We have got one more Test to go and we need to really prepare well for the Irish, both physically and mentally".

The All Blacks dispatched England 30-22 at Twickenham thanks to two tries from wing Julian Savea (above), who finished man of the match in London after running in two tries to lift his tally to 18 in 19 Tests.

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