Steve Hansen expects Hore to face judiciary
Steve Hansen (Photosport file)
The All Blacks are making contingency plans after the ugly incident against Wales which coach Steve Hansen says will "probably" result in hooker Andrew Hore being cited.
Hore decked Welsh lock Bradley Davies with a swinging arm to the side of the head just 28 seconds into New Zealand's 33-10 win at Cardiff.
Both players were entering a ruck and Hore, who appeared to have been shepherded by Davies when chasing a kick, swung out at his unsighted opponent.
The incident wasn't seen by match officials.
A prone Davies was stretchered off and Welsh coach Warren Gatland said he needed hospital treatment.
Social media erupted with criticism of Hore, 34, in the wake of the incident but Hansen was guarded in his reaction as he had only seen one replay.
"It looked like he (Hore) went to get him out of the way and clearly something's happened.
"It's unfortunate that it's happened and no doubt it will be talked about."
Asked if he expected Hore to be cited by the match judiciary official, Hansen replied "probably".
A calf muscle injury to fellow-veteran hooker Keven Mealamu could leave tour rookie Dane Coles as the only fit hooker for next week's Test against England at Twickenham.
Hansen said he would look at the prospect of putting a player on standby.
Three-Test All Black Hika Elliot is the likeliest candidate as he is in England with the New Zealand Maori side who have just completed a three-match tour.
New Zealander Gatland was reluctant to openly criticise the Hore incident, saying "It doesn't look the best in the world.
"You don't usually associate the All Blacks as a side that resorts to cheap shots. I hope that's not the case. I hope it's just an accident."
New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson has already been in front of the judiciary on this tour, ultimately being banned for two weeks for stamping in the opening Test against Scotland.