Rugby World Cup 2019: Steve Hansen slams All Blacks' 'dumb footy' after Bledisloe Cup defeat

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has slammed his side for playing "dumb footy" after their shock 47-26 loss to the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday. 

The Wallabies claimed a rare win over their trans-Tasman rivals, outscoring the All Blacks six tries to four in front of a packed Optus Stadium in Western Australia. 

Even though it was a commanding win for Michael Cheika's side, the All Blacks were their own worst enemies at times with poor discipline and careless tackling. 

The biggest talking point post-match was the fact Hansen's men played the entire second half with 14 players after referee Jerome Garcès red-carded lock Scott Barrett for a shoulder charge. 

The loss also means the Wallabies have a chance to win the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002 if they can win or draw against the All Blacks at Eden Park next Saturday.

On top of that, the All Blacks face being knocked off the top of the World Rugby rankings. If Wales beat England on Monday morning (NZ time), then Warren Gatland's side will become the best side in World Rugby for the first time. 

"I'm obviously disappointed," said Hansen. "Australia played particularly well and deserved the win. They were the best side on the day.

"The red card didn't help us, but we didn't help ourselves either. Our discipline was poor in the first half.

"There were numerous occasions when we got offside when we didn't need to. It was dumb footy, and we've got to be smarter than that.

"Our changing shed is very disappointed because of how we performed, and that's how it should be. Australia gave us a lesson in what to do when you have a side down by one man."

Barrett and the All Blacks now face a nervy wait to see how long the lock will be suspended for by the judiciary. With only two tests before the Rugby World Cup, there is a chance that Barrett could miss the start of the tournament, which begins for New Zealand against South Africa in Yokohama on September 21. 

Hansen was reluctant to talk about Garcès, who was the same referee who red-carded Sonny Bill Williams during the second Britsh and Irish Lions test in 2017

"You don't want to be pre-judge things at this point. We'll have to look at the video to see if there were any mitigating circumstances."

Despite the loss, Hansen was trying to take some positives from the match. 

"I'm extremely proud of the way they hung in. Australia wanted to play footy, they wanted to play fast.

"If you are going to get a red card, the worst team you can get one against is a side that wants to play footy, and Australia wanted to play footy. They wanted to play fast, and in the end, they found just more space than we could cover."


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