All Blacks look ahead to Eden Park

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All Blacks coach Ian Foster said there was a 'start-of-campaign' look to both sides. Both had missed opportunities they would have liked to take.

 

"From our perspective, it didn't go our way, the Aussies played a lot of rugby against us and we gave them some easy outs with their kicking from their exits which meant we had to make a lot of tackles," he said.

 

At the same time, he was proud of the discipline the side showed in dealing with that. The end result was a draw which was 'bitterly disappointing' but a start.

 

It made the series a best-of-three contest now and that would be exciting for all involved.

 

Foster said he was also pleased with the way the All Blacks played in the extra time period where they exploited their lineout drive to create a good opportunity which but for a lack of coordination they were unable to take.

However, the side needed to be smarter before they reached extra time and in utilising their strengths to succeed.

 

Foster said the points advantage the side could have had if centre Rieko Ioane had grounded the ball properly would have been useful going into the halftime break. Ioane was feeling frustrated with himself but it was one of those lessons players had to go through.

 

"I thought he had a reasonably strong game apart from that. But that is why Test matches are called Test matches, you have got to take those little moments and when you get a little sloppy in those moments that can come back and bite you," he said.

 

That error had not been the winning and losing of the game, as there were plenty of other chances to take the win.

 

"It would have been nice [to have the try] but it certainly wasn't the reason we drew the game," he said.

 

Foster said they did have a dropped goal option but the ball had been called to go wide but their execution didn't capitalise on that. He had been pleased with the way the players worked towards what would have been a winning score.

 

It hurt that they weren't able to achieve but it was a reminder that if you were not good enough in those moments you didn't get what you wanted, he said.

Captain Sam Cane said their intention had been to use their lineout drive to either attempt to win a penalty goal chance or to score the try in the final moments.

 

While the All Blacks had to make more than twice as many tackles as the Wallabies, Cane said they would be looking at turning that around ahead of Auckland where they could use the ball more rather than being tied to defence.

 

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said the Australians had a lot of opportunities, they had a lot of ball but the quality of their clean-out wasn't good enough. They had conceded 14 penalties, and most of those were post-tackle, he said.

 

He said he was rapt with the character the side showed but disappointed they didn't get the win. They would get better after three weeks together but they knew the All Blacks would too.

 

"We're miles away from where we could be. What was going to be important today was our character. We knew it wouldn't be perfect. We've put a lot of information in during the first couple of weeks and were just trying to get a lot of repetition and clarity this week so we'll grow our game…the key thing for us is we've got to back it up next week," he said.

 

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