15 Sep 2009

All Black flops to escape Tri-Nations axe

7:31 am on 15 September 2009

New Zealand's under-performing All Blacks are likely to be spared the axe in this weekend's final Tri-Nations match against Australia.

They've been heavily criticised after the 32-29 loss to South Africa ended their slim hopes of winning the title.

But assistant coach Steve Hansen has urged selectors to keep faith in the players and resist the temptation to make changes for Saturday's clash with the Wallabies in Wellington.

Hansen says he has no doubt that they've got the right players and they've shown that in patches.

He says they really want to go into the matchand fix the mistakes they've been making in the Tri-Nations and really finish the campaign strongly.