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Hansen expects fired-up Wales in 2nd Test

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/06/2016 Daniel Gilhooly
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. © Getty Images All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

The coaches of both New Zealand and Wales reckon the tourists will only benefit from their shellacking at the hands of the Chiefs.

A colloquial All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Welsh pride will be aching after their second-string team's 40-7 hammering in Hamilton on Tuesday.

The lop-sided result - which he admits surprised him against a virtual Chiefs B side - will ensure there is fire in the belly of a team already trailing 1-0 heading into the second Test at Wellington on Saturday.

"How would you feel if you were them? They'll be pissed off and when you're pissed off, it doesn't take much to get the mental side of your game right," Hansen said.

"They're a good team and they're hurting. That makes them dangerous."

Wales counterpart Warren Gatland has taken a battering from critics that the game was agreed to in the first place.

While he admits it was always going to be taxing to squeeze another game in for players already fatigued at the end of a long season, Gatland believes the fixture will pay off in the long run.

He is pleased several fringe Test candidates and some first-choice players were exposed to the reality of a gruelling rugby experience.

"Would I do it again? Yes. Potentially these players are going to find about themselves," he said.

"Is it hard to take? It's tough to take.

"You're going to face a huge amount of backlash but it's the best thing for Welsh rugby."

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