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Hensen: Laser no big deal

 Oct 01,2012
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is not upset about an incident in which a laser was shone into Aaron Cruden's face in Saturday's Test against Argentina.

Cruden was about to convert Cory Jane's hat-trick try in the 54-15 win in La Plata when a laser beam flashed across his face.

"It's just one of those things," Hansen told the New Zealand Herald.

"You just have to let it go. It's not a big deal. It concerns me more when they do it to pilots when they're flying a plane.

"One individual's actions can be held against everybody, because there are idiots everywhere."

Cruden, who came on as a replacement for Dan Carter late in the match, said he saw a ray of light on the grass when he was preparing to take the place kick.

He said he was more concerned about focusing on taking the kick and added that his vision was not impaired.

"I saw a laser light on the ground actually, that sort of shot through my mind that maybe they were trying to put me off," explained Cruden.

"I just tried to focus on the ball and strike it and luckily it went over.

"I didn't feel anything in my vision, I just saw the laser light down on the ground with the ball.

"I've seen that done before watching a Test match and the crowd is trying to put you off a bit.

"I've never had that before but I've seen it on telly. It's a bit of a shame when things like that happen but you've just got to sort of be the bigger man and put it past you I suppose.

"Especially with it being the last play it was a bit of a shame but you can't control what the crowd does. You just have to go out there and do what you can do."

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