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Foster relishing Bok conflict after Pumas romp

Foster relishing Bok conflict after Pumas romp


Ian Foster says a showdown with the in-form Springboks is a problem his All Blacks want following their 41-12 thumping of Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday.

Foster predicted subsequent Saturday’s match towards South Africa in Auckland might be “an enormous one” after the Springboks had been equally dominant of their 43-12 defeat of Australia in Pretoria earlier Saturday.

The conflict at Auckland’s Mount Sensible appears to be like set to find out the winners of the Rugby Championship, which is shortened to simply three rounds of matches forward of the Rugby World Cup beginning in two months.

The Springboks fielded a weakened group in some positions towards the Wallabies, selecting to fly a dozen gamers to New Zealand early in preparation to face the All Blacks.

Foster expects a blockbuster encounter.

“A giant one – it’s all the time massive, we love taking part in South Africa,” he stated.

“They’ve taken 10, 11 or 12 gamers and put them over in Auckland early, so that they have clearly acquired a plan, however our objective in these first two weeks is to get this group collectively,” he added.

“There isn’t any higher foe to play subsequent week.”

Foster stated his group can’t anticipate to make the identical scintillating begin towards the Springboks as they did in Mendoza, the place they crossed for 3 tries within the opening 12 minutes towards Los Pumas.

Nonetheless, together with his group 31-0 forward on the interval, he was happy they had been capable of largely stay “medical” when Argentina confirmed some aggression within the second half.

“I believed we acquired just a little bit over bold within the ultimate 15 (minutes) and tried to pressure issues, which gave them some free pictures at us,” Foster added critically.

“It’s a little bit of a wake-up name –- the primary half was nice, the second half might be extra of what’s to return.”

New Zealand flyhalf Damian McKenzie was among the many standout performers after being named as a shock starter forward of Richie Mo’unga.

McKenzie might have accomplished sufficient to earn one other begin subsequent week, both as at flyhalf or fullback, in what he says might be an enormous event.

“They (Springboks) acquired off to an awesome begin as nicely,” he stated.

“We’ll get pleasure from this win, however it will likely be good to get again residence and play in entrance of our residence crowd. It’s going to be a problem.”

© Agence France-Presse

Picture: Andres LARROVERE / AFP



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