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‘We want to impose ourselves a little earlier in the game’

Knowing they performed well in the first Test against France will not be enough for the All Blacks, as they prepare for the second Test in Wellington on Saturday.


That was the word from All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster, who said the demand for the New Zealanders would be to not drop their standards after the first-up 52-11 win.

“We’re pretty satisfied with last week,” he told the All Blacks’ official website.

“Upon reflection you go through the game and when we got our opportunities, particularly in the second half, we were pretty lethal when we took them.”

The first Test had been a case of not trying too much, so the players were clear in what they were doing, and now it was a mental challenge to improve their game while not cluttering up the players’ minds.

“We’ve got to figure out how we impose ourselves a little earlier in the game,” added Foster.

“I thought the French played really well, defended well, for that first 50 minutes while making it quite tough for us so there’s still plenty for us to nail down.”

Being a first Test, France had put a lot of energy into the game. The All Blacks had applied a lot of focus and everything happened very fast but that still had to be the case for 80 minutes.

That was the challenge the All Blacks would be taking into the game.

“I’m not sure what the French will do but our challenge is to make sure we get our focus for 80 minutes and learn not to get too flustered when the moments don’t go our way,” concluded Foster.