All Blacks coach Foster insists they were focused ahead of Argentina

‘We certainly didn’t underestimate them’: New Zealand head coach Ian Foster insists they were focused ahead of first-ever defeat by Argentina in 30 attempts as All Black lose back-to-back tests for first time in NINE years

  • All Blacks coach Ian Foster said his team had not underestimated Argentina 
  • Argentina stunned New Zealand to earn their first ever victory over All Blacks 
  • Foster paid tribute to Pumas, who spent much of their preparation quarantining

All Blacks coach Ian Foster said his team had not underestimated Argentina after succumbing to their first defeat to the Pumas in 30 tests on Saturday and losing back-to-back tests for the first time in nine years.

After last week’s 24-22 loss to Australia in the Tri-Nations, Foster had put out his first choice side for a contest against an Argentina side who had not played a test in more than a year, and precious little rugby at all this season.

The Pumas put in a stunning performance at Western Sydney Stadium, however, running out 25-15 winners and giving Foster a record of two wins, one draw and two defeats in his first five matches in charge.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster said his team had not underestimated Argentina after defeat

Argentina recorded a famous win over New Zealand in their Tri-Nations test match in Sydney

‘You can tell by my body language that I’m not excited by it,’ Foster told reporters.

‘We certainly didn’t underestimate them, we’ve had those sort of arm-wrestles with them before. They are a team we have massive respect for.

‘They challenged us on our composure and it’s probably two weeks we haven’t handled that very well.’

Foster paid tribute to the Pumas, who have spent much of their preparation time for the tournament in quarantined environments in South America and after arriving in Australia.

‘We saw a team that everybody said their disadvantage was that they hadn’t played a lot of rugby,’ he said.

It is the first time New Zealand have lost to Argentina, a record dating back to 1985 

‘(But) they came here with massive energy, and probably a massive desire to prove something for their country who have gone through a heck of a hard time.

‘There’s no excuses, it’s an All Blacks jersey and we have to do our best every time. But there certainly was a contrast in the intensity of the two teams.’

Foster said there was plenty of work to do in the two weeks before New Zealand’s final match of the season, also against Argentina.

‘We’ve got to recharge the team and make sure we finish this year on a high,’ he said.

‘We don’t like having another team play with more intensity than us so we’ve got to figure out how to respond.’




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