Ian Foster pleased with ending Rugby Championship Auckland win

New Zealand have four wins from six games in the Rugby Championship
New Zealand have four wins from six games in the Rugby Championship
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New Zealand head coach Ian Foster is delighted with his side's dominating 40-14 win in the final round of the Rugby Championship at Eden Park on Saturday.

Will Jordan, Sam Whitelock, Codie Taylor and Samisoni Taukei'aho all scored tries as the All Blacks completed a double over the Wallabies and in the process have strengthened their chances of winning the tournament.

The All Blacks now have 19 points from five matches with their title chances can only be deprived by the Springboks, who need to secure a bonus point win over Argentina with a point difference of 40 or more.

“We look at the last half of the championship and we’re really pleased with what went in. All we can do is deal with what’s in front of us right now.

"I know we’ve got a buffer (against the Boks) – whether it’s enough I don’t know. But we’ve given ourselves a chance and that’s all we want.”

The tournament put New Zealand under considerable pressure as they lost a game apiece against South Africa and Argentina in the first two rounds but Foster is relieved with the final two games that also saw them claim the Bledisloe Cup for the 19th consecutive year.

“I’ve forgotten about the rollercoaster,” he said.

“I’m just happy in the moment. We’ve come into a championship, we’ve had, in our mind, the hardest draw by having both tests against South Africa in South Africa, got one out of two in that space, we’ve let ourselves down in Christchurch, but our response to that has been really positive."