Journalist in New Zealand calls on arrogant All Blacks fans to be 'Irish for a day'
A prominent journalist in New Zealand has claimed that some of his fellow Kiwis 'need to learn how to win' after Saturday's victory over the Lions at Eden Park.
English-born Mark Reason from Stuff.co.nz believes there are a number of All Blacks supporters hoping the Lions can level up the series in Wellington this Saturday to combat the smugness that has gripped the nation's rugby fans.
The reigning world champions are not accustomed to losing but Reason feels they could do with emulating Irish supporters.
"Come on, guys. You were magnificent on the pitch. Hard, skillful and intelligent. Everything we revere about the All Blacks. But far too many people in New Zealand really need to learn how to win. Listen to the Lions who always sing when they're losing. Be Irish for a day.
"A lot of Kiwis have been in touch since Saturday night who now actually want the Lions to win the second test. They hate this smug blanket that is settling over the country. They wince at all the gloating, all the high pitched crowing. Doodle, doodle, doo.
"It's unthinkable, but there are blokes and blokesses deep in the New Zealand undergrowth who have become Lions supporters for a week. They are the new black. They are the folk who used to turn out to cheer for the Lions when they toured apartheid South Africa.
"Even Steve Hansen had a couple of moments in press conference that were unbearably smug. You couldn't see Wayne Smith or Brian Lochore or Fred Allen behaving like that. Hansen sets the example and just a touch more humility, something beyond the usual we're taking nothing for granted, wouldn't go amiss."