“It hurts. We were dominated ‘- Ian Foster urges Paris to respond – .

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Ian Foster does not foresee any difficulty in getting his All Blacks out of the carpet to end their longest tour of the professional era on a positive note in Paris on Sunday (New Zealand time).

The week presents an interesting dynamic as the All Blacks complete their journey of 10 tests and 12 weeks since leaving the New Zealand coast in mid-August to play the Rugby Championship in Australia. They are expected to be fully challenged by an emerging and exciting young French side on Saturday night (kick off Sunday New Zealand time) at Stade de France.

To add to the intrigue, the All Blacks have just won a 29-20 loss to Ireland in Dublin in which they were poorly exposed by a home side who dominated them up front, caused them to lose their rhythm and forced them to play with leftovers. possession and territory.

The Irish players celebrate their 29-20 win over the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
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The Irish players celebrate their 29-20 win over the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Foster spoke on Sunday night in Paris, shortly after arriving from Dublin, about the challenge of digesting the painful lessons of their second loss of the year and the need to refocus for an equally difficult game against a burgeoning French side. in the world. Game.

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He is also expected to revise his bottom line markedly, with central midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown having a shoulder injury and the first five Beauden Barrett likely to join him after failing his head injury assessment on Saturday night. at the Aviva stadium.

Foster is also likely to inject half-champion Aaron Smith after his late arrival last week and polish his pack after the All Blacks forwards were knocked out of the park by their Irish opponents.

“I don’t think it’s hard to get off the mat,” Foster said Sunday night in Paris. “It hurt last night. We know we have been dominated. There is no gray area on this. We have a group that has been together for a long time, they work hard for each other and last night was not at the level we wanted.

“We need to create some excitement this week. We play at the Stade de France, against an exciting young French team that is growing up, and it’s a great game for us to react. I don’t think we’re going to lack motivation.

The All Blacks coach said it will be important for the team to first digest their shortcomings in Dublin during Monday’s debriefing and then quickly focus on how they could be better as they close their tour in the north.

“A week is always a long time in rugby. We were well beaten by a very good Irish team, we have to take stock now and go out and finish this tour as we want ”, he added.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster: “It's a great game for us to react.  I don't think we're going to lack motivation.
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All Blacks coach Ian Foster: “It’s a great game for us to react. I don’t think we’re going to lack motivation.

“It definitely has an advantage when you lose. The key is not to stay too long in this space. Our role must be to dissect it, extract what we need from it and get back to work. It’s very process-oriented but marred with a bad taste in the mouth.

Foster was also convinced his players had enough gasoline in the tank to negotiate a final week on the road.

“We were prepared for these last two games and knew they were going to be important,” he said. “The good thing is that while we are in pain we are fortunate enough to have a little bit of excitement this week. We’re gonna need it.

“You must have a lot of wins in rugby these days and we didn’t have enough last week. It’s not just a question of attitude, but also a tactical and skill-based thing. The opportunities against France will be different from those against Ireland.

Ardie Savea and the All Blacks forwards will be looking for an answer after being dominated by the Irish up front.
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Ardie Savea and the All Blacks forwards will be looking for an answer after being dominated by the Irish up front.

And Foster has made it clear that he wouldn’t be tempted to let the development part of this tour cloud his thinking for an important test.

“The result always matters,” he said. “We will choose the group that we think is the strongest to play against France, because one way to build confidence is to continue to increase your performance, as well as the depth of the players. We need to make some moves compared to last week and that’s what this week needs to be. “

Foster, meanwhile, had the proverbial bob in every way on the controversial question of the influence of the TV match official (TMO) in modern gaming.

It supports the continued use of the official replay, but not some aspects of their influence. TMO were heavily involved in Dublin, erasing one try each and prompting the yellow card for All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor.

“We would all like to see it speed up,” Foster said. “The process is taking too long. But I have no problem with the extra pair of eyes watching the game.

“Yesterday evening, it was a classic case. The umpire missed his guy doing a double and triple move on the floor, the TMO saw him, and it was the right decision.

“The one that was judged as a forward pass (from Rieko to Akira Ioane), I know the referee didn’t think it was forward. The only thing I would say about this is that the TMO should clearly prove that the referee’s opinion was not correct. It seems that if the TMO thinks it’s probably fair, they tend to lengthen the conversation to try and persuade the referee.

“I would always like to see the referee trust his instincts once he gets the first sights. “

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