In the pre-debut before Australia by Bledisloe Cup, Ian Foster recognized the media of New Zealand who had trouble watching the second game of the series between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town last weekend.
The head coach of the All Blacks, he admitted that the close encounter was not an entertaining spectacle for him. “I saw it between 10pm (New Zealand time) and 1am, it put me to sleep”he told reporters.
On the other hand, Foster maintained that the last two series of the Lions have been difficult and feels that the current one has turned into an arm fight because the Boks and the Lions employ similar methods in their approach to the game: “The Lions series, the one we had here, the one there, has become very tight, almost risk-free, hasn’t it? The teams are almost afraid to play, they are only relying on a low-risk strategy ”.
“So we are looking at two teams desperately wanting to win a great series playing low-risk, highly effective rugby. They are both good at close contact, hand-to-hand fighting, kicking and chasing, and pressure play. Two teams playing a similar style “added the coach.