All Blacks mindful of Bledisloe Cup history

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Lynn McConnell     24 Aug 2016     Getty Images

Assistant coach Ian Foster said what the group had learnt was that there were three singular Bledisloe Cup games in a year and every game completed didn't seem to have a lot of reflection on what happened in the next game.


"If you look at the scoreline over the last four or five years that's often been the case. It goes from a bigger margin to an extremely tight one and then we've been bitten a few times.

"It's just another game. I know people will be thinking at last Saturday and thinking it is just going to roll over but we know that's not the case. It will be a very fortified team the Wallabies coming over here.

"They'll be very keen to put a performance on the park and we're pretty desperate to show that we can back up and put another great one on ourselves," he said.

There were a lot of new faces at training as a result of injuries sustained in Sydney at the weekend and new players were rotated around. It was a learning process for players coming into the environment and took some hard work from the players to get up to speed and they did a lot of work with players in the same position.

"There's a lot goes on behind the scenes but the expectations are there that they come up to speed pretty quick and from everything we've seen so far they are doing that," Foster said.
It was a case of seeing the potential at a young age and introducing them to the All Blacks' environment and making sure that they weren't exposed to too much too quick while balancing that with the flair and excitement those players brought to the side.

"There is an eye to the future, clearly, but even the likes of Seta [Tamanivalu] is not old, Damian [McKenzie] is young, Anton (Lienert-Brown] is young so there's some good possibilities for us," he said.

"It's early in the week and we are still finding a lot out. Seta's obviously been with us before so he's got a head start in terms of his knowledge of what we do and we saw a little bit of that today but I thought Rieko [Ioane] learnt well and what we saw on the training park was pretty positive and don't forget that Anton is still there and learning too."

It was a case of those players understanding their roles and it would be a case during the week of assessing who had been quickest to absorb the demands.


Foster said the All Blacks had a plan of what they wanted to do, but the week was about watching and considering that plan every day based on what was happening in front of them.

That was determined by how the players were adapting, learning and training.

"They're here because they're good players and they are here because we think they can take that next step up and then we're monitoring that on a daily basis trying to figure out when is the right time to put them in.

"Some players we like to hold back a little bit because we want to make sure that when they get on that big stage they are 100 percent clear about what they have to do. That's our major consideration, but we've got a pretty good idea where we're going," he said.

"We don't want players going out there and thinking about a lot of things on the park. We want the game to be instinctive to them so they can just go out and play."