All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has labeled his side’s 15-25 loss to Argentina in the Investec Tri Nations tournament as a “bitter dissapointment”, stating his side are on the search for a perfect response.
Their coming bye week in the Investec Tri Nations tournament, Foster revealed, serves as a perfect opportunity for analysing his team’s back to back losses, and also to allow his squad to recharge.
“We’ve got to use the next seven days well, re-charge the team and make sure we finish this year on a high. We don’t like having another team play at a higher intensity than us so we’ve got to go and figure out how to respond,” he said.
“We didn’t under-estimate them (Argentina), we’ve had those sorts of arm wrestles with them before. They’re a team we’ve got massive respect for but they’ve always turned a game into an arm wrestle against us and they did that,” he added.
The Pumas over turned their anticipated disadvantage of not having played a single test match in a year, to record their maiden win against the All Blacks, a result Foster described as “historic”.
“We gave them a lot of penalties and field possession, particularly in that first 40 (minutes) but to their credit they looked pretty fresh, they went right through the 80 (minutes) so they’ve done a fantastic, and amazing job, in the last few months getting their team to that point. We weren’t able to impose ourselves on them,” he said,” he said.
Despite having suffered back to back defeats, All Blacks are top on the three-team standings with six points. Five points were from their opening day’s 43-5 win over Wallabies. Ian Foster charges picked a losing bonus point in their 24-22 defeat to Wallabies to take their tally to six.
All Blacks failed to get a bonus point in the 25-15 defeat to Argentina on Saturday. For the Pumas, the result propelled them to second on the log with four points. A point-difference of 10 has seen then overtake hosts Australia who also have four points.
Argentina and Australia are scheduled to face off on Saturday 21 at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle with the winner set to move top of the log.
Fixtures (Timings in EAT)
21 November 2020 (11:45 AM)
Argentina v Australia-McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
28 November 2020 (11:45 AM)
Argentina v New Zealand -McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
5 December 2020 (11:45 AM)
Australia v Argentina- Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Australia 5-43 New Zealand
Australia 24-22 New Zealand
New Zealand 15-25 Argentina