All Blacks boss Hansen hits back at 'desperate' Gatland

Sean O'Brien finishes off one of the great team tries against the All Blacks at Eden Park

France's Jerome Garces will referee Saturday's second Lions Test against New Zealand in Wellington, with Gatland saying he will raise the issue in meetings with the officials later this week.

Gatland said he's concerned his halfback Connor Murray was unfairly targeted during the Auckland test.

Gatland was pleased with elements of Williams' game but feels the Saracens-bound star needs to improve his accuracy ahead of the second Test in Wellington on Saturday.

All Blacks head coach Hansen has not reacted well to the accusations though, and he phoned into New Zealand's Radio Sport to respond to what he described were "disappointing" comments, before adding that Gatland should know better as a fellow Kiwi.

"I thought that's a little bit unsafe, and after he's kicked he's been pushed a few times, pushed to the ground.So we'll probably just get some clarity from the ref later in the week", said Gatland.

"Every single time you take the field you are trying to get into that test team, that is the same for every player, but the main thing is not to think about it too much".

"It's just making sure he's being looked after and protected and not harassed after he's box-kicked".

"We are obviously hugely disappointed with the result but it is important to regroup", said Gatland.

"It was mattress on the floor, I had the fire going, showed him where the toilet was, where the shower was and said: 'You help yourself for a feed mate, this is all do your own stuff.' Yeah it was cool", she said.

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"I didn't actually recognize them at first - I was sitting with a cup of tea with the dad when the lads came in and their mum introduced the boys", Mr Edwards told the BBC.

Since the end of the Autumn series the All Blacks had played just one Test, against Samoa last week.

While conceding once again that the Lions had lost the battle of the collision at Eden Park, Gatland suggested that the tourists would have been criticised for using the direct approach that won the All Blacks the game.

"It is really disappointing to hear it because what he is implying is that we are potentially going out to injure someone".

"We've never been like that and as a New Zealander I would expect him to know the New Zealand psyche".

Henshaw will partner Jonathan Joseph in the midfield against the Hurricanes, who have been boosted by the release of four All Blacks for the match, including three in the backline.

As they prepare for another tough week in New Zealand, one they hope will end with them back in contention in the Test series, the British & Irish Lions can not allow themselves to be too negative. Sometimes at the top level, it's not about playing pretty rugby, and we've seen the All Blacks be prepared to be pretty physical in the past. Like two weeks ago, it was we cheated in the scrums.

"It doesn't mean they won't be playing on Saturday for us or playing a role".

The matchday 23 includes blindside flanker Vaea Fifita, who was with the All Blacks as injury cover and made his Test debut against Samoa the previous week, as well as former All Blacks prop Jeff To'omaga-Allen and wings Cory Jane and Nehe Milner-Skudder.

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