Rugby

ABs take note of Sharks win

2014-05-19 10:01
Steve Hansen (Getty)
Cape Town - All Black coach Steve Hansen says his side should learn from the Crusaders' inability to exploit playing against the 14 men of the Sharks in Christchurch this past weekend.

The Sharks' 30-25 victory was their first ever over the Crusaders in Christchurch and also the first time a South African side had beaten the Crusaders in New Zealand since 2001.

Jean Deysel received a red card for stomping on 'Saders flank Jordan Taufua in the 16th minute and at one stage the Sharks were down to 13 men when Willem Alberts received a yellow card.

Hansen said the Crusaders were taught a harsh lesson - something the All Blacks should take note of for the season ahead.

''They (the Crusaders) didn't adapt and adjust to only playing against 13 men. Clearly their strategy was to put the ball in behind the Sharks and take advantage of that," Hansen told the Stuff.co.nz website.

''Circumstances changed the way they should have played and that was something we (the All Blacks) as a team have to be really good at.

''There's good lessons there for all the sides," concluded the All Black mentor.

The All Blacks' first assignment this year is a three-Test series against England in June.



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