All Blacks look to absorb lessons from Brisbane

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All Blacks coach Ian Foster said a lot could change in a week and the result had demonstrated why rugby was so interesting.  Despite the All Blacks record win a week earlier, it could throw up a game like that in Brisbane where a team that was hungry in a bid to succeed could never be under-estimated.

 

Foster congratulated Australia and said they had won a disruptive game that didn't flow despite the 'massive degree of intent' shown by both sides.

 

"They controlled the game better than us and were deserved winners," he said.

 

Foster didn't think it was appropriately immediately after the match to comment on the correctness of the red cards issued by referee Nic Berry, but both sides had been similarly affected by the rulings.

 

The dismissal of Ofa Tuungafasi had been a challenge for a developing team. Foster said he was proud of the way had responded by playing with pride and applying pressure, but they had been unable to break Australia the way that they wanted to.

The momentum had changed towards Australia and Scott Barrett's yellow card with 11 minutes left in the game had been bad-timing resulting in the All Blacks being under immense pressure.

 

One disappointment from the Tuungafasi red card was in need to replace a front-rower, flanker Akira Ioane had to taken from the field.

 

"I was particularly disappointed for Akira because I thought he started his first Test start magnificently," he said.

 

If there was a concern with the way the players coped, he felt they didn't make the best decisions when the ball was behind them.

 

"We didn't deal with the high ball particularly well and that gave the Wallabies a pretty easy out and they were good enough to exploit that and put us under pressure there," he said.

 

Captain Sam Cane said it didn't matter how many players were sent off, Test rugby was about building pressure, being smart, intensity and accuracy.

 

"I didn't think we were quite smart enough when we got down [Australia's end of the field]…and then I thought we brought the intensity but lacked a bit of accuracy and those are the things that hurt us. The Aussies did those things really well and controlled the game for large parts," he said.

Speaking to the red cards Cane said, rugby was a fast-moving game with big collisions and sometimes players were going to get them slightly wrong.

 

"I don't think either of those cards was malicious, or they were dirty play by any means, but they were just fractionally off. We spend a lot of time practising perfect technique, but I think in top sport like this there will be the odd error, unfortunately.

 

Australia coach Dave Rennie said they had been disappointed with their loss to the All Blacks a week earlier in Sydney.

 

"We're a lot better side than that. We wanted a response, so we saw plenty of character out there…I'm really rapt with the steel we showed and the impact we got off the bench to seal the win," he said.

 

The red cards had been hard to dispute. Reckless tackles were not wanted in the game, while referees needed to be consistent.  And that had been the case in the decisions.

Rennie said the side had worked hard and could take some belief from the win. They knew from the first Test against the All Blacks in Wellington and Brisbane's win that if they were accurate and limited their opportunities at turnovers, and if they kicked well and applied pressure, they could place scoreboard pressure on them. We were a long way off it last week so it was great to respond so well," he said.

 

Captain Michael Hooper said there had been a lot of challenges thrown at the Australians this year, but they had shown a lot of grit in Brisbane and he was proud of that.

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