Lions coach Warren Gatland said after the 30-15 defeat players were recklessly diving at Murray in a unsafe manner that could cause a career-ending injury, targeting the standing leg of the Munsterman during box-kicks.
Gatland says he will speak to referee Jerome Garces about the All Blacks’ tactics ahead of the second Test in Wellington, and Kaino is aware the officials will be on red alert. We are preparing on our game.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen lit the fuse on simmering tension with rival Warren Gatland yesterday, labelling the British and Irish Lions mentor “a bit desperate” for accusing his side of risky play.
“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.
“You always look at things on how you can improve and I look at that incident, and yeah there are areas where we can improve”, he said.
“Yeah I’ve seen it, reviewing the game, it’s popped up on my Twitter feed about a million times so it’s a bit hard to avoid it”.
Edwards said: “I thought they’d looked familiar, but it didn’t click until the dad told me. My timing was off and [I] rolled into his planted foot and that’s what I believe happened, if that’s clear enough”.
“People are just trying to find that edge in different sorts of ways and I wouldn’t read too much more into it than just that”.
JEROME KAINO has been trolled on Twitter by Lions fans – but says he never meant to injure Lions star Conor Murray.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Herald newspaper’s front page on Tuesday mocked-up a picture of the Lions coach as a clown.
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster did not condemn the treatment of Gatland but said: I wouldn’t like that.
“You know, there are a few little issues floating around, but at the end of the day this is going to be a titanic Test match, isn’t it?”
“When there is a lot of stake often there is a lot of noise around games”.
“It doesn’t change a thing. We’re got a pure rugby team to play on Saturday”.
And despite the animosity between the sides, Foster says the coaches will have a drink together after the third and final Test at Eden Park. “Two weeks ago we cheated in the scrums and last week it was blocking and now he’s saying this”, he told Radio Sport.
“But this is competitive”. They charged four down so they probably did a better job than us. “I’m not trying to be smart, but I’m pretty focussed on what we did, and surprise, surprise, Saturday is going to be a massive Test, and I’ll just re-iterate that”.