The 42-22 defeat against Australia for the second round of the Three Nations was not one more for the All Blacks and the coach of the team, Ian Foster, he made this known when speaking at a press conference after the game. When asked if there was anything positive he would take from his first loss to the All Blacks, the coach said it would be a good one. “learning curve“before playing Argentina in west Sydney next Saturday.
“But we did not come here to lose”added Foster and said that “we learned that the rugby test match has a lot to do with hunger and today Wallabies were hungrier. I’m proud of the way we held out, we kept our heads and we were able to take advantage in some situations, but we have to maintain our discipline and we cannot afford to commit kickable penalties in that final quarter of an hour, particularly against a team that was not going. to score points in that place on the playing field “.
Foster gave credit to Wallabies for the triumph and “the passion“with which they played. When analyzing the end of the game, he stated that “we couldn’t answer”. He also refused to accept that the trip from Sydney to Brisbane on match day due to Covid restrictions was part of the excuses. “I said before that we had a plan about it and there would be no excuses, and there won’t be,” he said.
For his part All Blacks captain Sam Cane, lamented the inability of his team to match the Wallabies on the field of play. “The game lost shape with the red and yellow cards,” Cane said. “Australia adapted very well and controlled the game through their pack of forwards and many kicks of the nine. We were too passive in defense ”, was the self-criticism of the third line.
“It’s a reality bath. We will have to carefully analyze the game in the week as there is a lot to improve. We really regret the defeat and it is amazing what sport can do in a week”, Closed the captain.