Kieran Read Finally Speaks Out About Lions Decider & He’s Not Happy
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Kieran Read has opened up about the series decider against the Lions for the first time.
The All Blacks captain refused to say much following a controversial decision to reverse a penalty by Jaco Peyper in the final seconds of the game, which would have no doubt given his side the win and the series.
He’s now finally admitted that he was pretty ‘hacked’ off with the decision.
“At the time it did, yeah,” Read said when asked whether he was “hacked off”.
“But it’s something you’ve got to take. It’s reality, so we’ve certainly thought a bit about it since. We have to really make sure it helps us. We’ve got a good couple of years coming up and something pretty big after two years in the World Cup; similar types of pressures and things that we learned from a month ago.
“A lot of young men came in and played. The type of pressure it was, it certainly matched some of those big matches in World Cups – one-off games. To get that experience first-hand for a lot of guys will be really beneficial.”
“It’s a game of small margins and other teams are chasing us and getting close. What we can’t do is rest and sit where we are, we have to continually push ourselves forward… I believe when we do that we’re certainly hard to beat.”