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Additional footage clears Franks: Hansen

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/08/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen supports a decision not to cite Owen Franks following an incident in the Bledisloe Cup Test win in Wellington, believing additional footage clears the veteran prop of any wrongdoing.

The match citing commissioner gave the Test the green light even though Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had raised concern at the incident early in Saturday's Test, won 29-9 by New Zealand.

Franks' fingers appeared to make contact with the eyes of Australian lock Kane Douglas in a seventh-minute maul.

The incident, which happened in the full view of French referee Romain Poite, was highlighted on social media and prompted Cheika to say he was "sure" it would be picked up by match review officials.

Hansen says other camera angles exonerated Franks.

"You've got to be really careful until you see all the views," he said.

"Social media were the people who alerted everyone to it. They certainly don't get all the views.

"There's a process and that process has been followed and whoever was running it has seen all the angles and believes there is nothing to answer for."

Hansen says the type of incident was quite commonplace and was an unfortunate by-product of mauling.

Under the current laws, one of the few ways to stop a driving maul is to reach over, as Douglas was doing.

Franks was then using the only means possible to stop Douglas, which was grabbing him in the head region.

"We'll talk about that and make sure we don't go around the head because it creates a problem," Hansen said.

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