Ian Foster wants New Zealand to improve further

The win in Wellington is the first for New Zealand under Ian Foster
The win in Wellington is the first for New Zealand under Ian Foster
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New Zealand head coach Ian Foster reckons there is scope of further improvement for the All Blacks following their 27-7 win over Australia at Eden Park in the second Bledisloe Cup Test.

The win has taken New Zealand to 1-0 lead in the series after the first game ended in a 16-16 draw in Wellington.

Admitting that the win was vital to the campaign in the next two months, Foster doesn't want New Zealand to be complacent and wants the side to be wary of what he believes is a tough Australia side.

“Relief is not something I feel at all,” he told reporters after the Test. “This is what test matches are about. If we don’t perform to the levels we want to, we know a lot of pressure comes on this team.

“In some ways they’re great weeks. There’s nowhere to hide. There’s no way anyone can get complacent. And if we thought we were in the house last week, we got a reminder we weren’t.

“This week we got a reminder it wasn’t good enough – from ourselves and everyone around us.

“It’s a pleasing feeling. We’ve put a marker down, that’s the level we need to start at and we’ve just got to climb because it’s a tough series. This is a better Wallabies team than I’ve seen for a while. They want to stay in the fight, so we had to fight for 80 minutes.”

The two teams will now face again in the opening two rounds of the Rugby Championship that will be played in Australia on 31st October and 7th November.

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