We've got a massive opportunity to do something that's never been done before, obviously that's to win three of them in a row and that's the kind of pressure you want to be under.
"We could make a choice, and the scoreboard said we could make that choice without too much risk".
The tactic was reminiscent of the last World Cup in England when they practised different scenarios in matches throughout the pool phase to ensure they were ready for the knockout games.
Canada opens Pool B tournament play against No. 14 Italy on September 26 before facing No. 2 New Zealand on October 2, No. 4 South Africa on October 8 and No. 23 Namibia on October 13.
"We got rugby time".
"The problem that we've got is a calendar that doesn't allow you to do that", Hansen said.
"It´s a unique challenge and if we really embrace that, and have fun doing it, then that helps you deal with all the pressure that comes with it".
So I can only imagine how hard it would be when your players are playing all over the world and you're bringing them back and you don't have much time to prepare them.
"So that's what rugby is about", Hansen said.
"He played 40 last week [in Canterbury's 80-0 Mitre 10 Cup victory over Southland] and 65 today and will be good to go in a couple of weeks".
"We got exactly what we needed out of it". The score was irrelevant. "It was what we did and we were happy".
Former Manawatu midfielder Corporal Jaxon Tagavaitau will lead the side at the Defence World Cup, confident in his charges. "As long as everything goes well over the next 14 days we'll be in good shape".
Winger Makazole Mapimpi scored a hat-trick while Cheslin Kolbe bagged a brace and replacement scrum-half Herschel Jantjies added another late on to take his overall tally to four tries in as many tests as South Africa laid out a real statement of intent ahead of Rugby World Cup in Kumagaya last Friday.
But we rectified that at Eden Park and now we've had a good hit out (Tonga) and have everyone available (bar Brodie Retallick). They don't want to give that up and until they're prepared to give that up, we're not going to see any progress in that area.
"Regardless of what happens in the first game I know by the end of the (pool phase) we will be a better side".