Ian Foster benched Rieko Ioane despite his mistake: “It wasn’t the reason we drew.”

Ian Foster benched Rieko Ioane despite his mistake: "It wasn't the reason we drew."

It was a real game, the one they starred in All Blacks Y Wallabies in Wellington, corresponding to the first confrontation by the Bledisloe Cup. In a duel that was full of stars, both selected sparks were drawn. So much so that, after eight more minutes of regular time were played, he finished 16-16.

The story could have been totally different, especially for the Men in Black: about the end of the first half, and after they took advantage of a mistake by the Australian Folau Fainga’a, New Zealanders advanced into the field and, when Rieko Ioane he threw himself to support the ingoal, tried to do it with one hand and the oval fell in before reaching the try.



The All Blacks recovered a spectacular ball that was destined for the Ingoal Wallabie, but the center was overconfident.

However, and aware that those 5 points could have changed the course of the game in favor of his team, the head coach Ian foster he was consulted about this situation in the post-match press conference, and defended his center.

“He is frustrated. It is one of the lessons that players must go through, but apart from that he had a good performance. They are test matches, and that is why they are called test matches. You have to take those moments and learn from them,” he began. And here it should be noted that the back who works in Blues – an excellent season in Super Rugby Aotearoa – is only 23 years old.

He continued: “We had many chances to win the game in the last ten minutes and we couldn’t take advantage of them. We don’t blame the mistakes in the test matches. There were many mistakes before and after that. Both teams failed at key moments. That could have given him his moment. Getting the try would have been nice but it was definitely not the reason we tied. “



The New Zealand coach showed his face for his wing after the play that could have changed the result for the first game of the Bledisloe Cup.

And finally, he told how he saw the protagonist of this story. “He’s fine. I think part of international rugby is that if you make a mistake you move on. He’s a confident young guy. He’s going to learn from that little moment. But he also did a lot of good things in the game.”

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