Sunday , January 24 2021

Rugby Tri Nations: All-Black coach Ian Foster urges players not to be swayed by opposition ridicule


Ardie Savea opens up about how the All Blacks deal back to back losses. Video / All Blacks

All Black coaches Ian Foster, for his part, called for a “smile and distance” approach to tackling opposition ridicule.

In their two most recent tests, back-to-back losses against Australia and Argentina, the All Blacks were badly disappointed by their discipline. They gave 26 penalties between the two games in combination, with many of them being avoided.

Especially in the game against Argentina, the All Blacks committed some penalties to react to their opposition.

Shannon Frizell was one of the All Blacks to react to Argentina's tactics.  Photo / Getty
Shannon Frizell was one of the All Blacks to react to Argentina’s tactics. Photo / Getty

Speaking to Newstalk ZB’s Martin Devlin, Foster said that while the group was working on their fitness, it was not smart to be drawn to the opposition.

“When we try to stick to it, we punish,” Foster said. “Let’s face it, an opposition player hitting you on the head to challenge you is not really bad, is it?” This is just a tactic of theirs; just smile and walk away.

“Players are frustrated with some of the actions that people miss, so now we are back to the bad old days where the only player the referees see is the reactor and I’m not a fan of it because people who do the original things get away with it. .

“Honestly, we have to do better to deal with it. It’s not smart to react.”

While much has been done of Argentina’s natural game and occasional play, Foster noted that they offered much more than that on the pitch.

“It’s a very, very good rugby team. They have some players that we as a country don’t know much about, but it turns out to be an excellent, well-trained rugby team that is very disciplined. Defensively, very offensively and [the draw with the Wallabies] showed that it was not a unique miracle. “

All-Black coach Ian Foster with Richie Mo'unga before the second Bledisloe Cup test.  Photo / Photosport
All-Black coach Ian Foster with Richie Mo’unga before the second Bledisloe Cup test. Photo / Photosport

After beating the All Blacks for the first time in 30 attempts a week ago, Argentina played a goalless 15-15 draw against the Wallabies in Newcastle on Saturday night.

With just 37 percent possession and 30 percent of the game played out of their own half, the Pumas held strong and took their chances for points when they were available – for the second consecutive week that Nicolas Sanchez scored in the first five-eighths. their points.

The Pumas and All Blacks meet again next weekend, a fight that must be won by the All Blacks to have a chance to win the Tri Nations.

“It could not be a better scenario for us when we have a team that hurts us, we respect them and we know we have to match the fire against them.”

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