Scotland to provide a different challenge to the All Blacks

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Coach Ian Foster said it was a balancing act because the following week, before their Test against England, they had only a six-day turnaround.

It was important the side took advantage of some breathing space after their 55-23 win over Wales and then begin preparation for Scotland a day later than usual on Tuesday.

Because each Test is different, they could not afford to copy and paste their effort against Wales in taking on Scotland.

"Each Test is different; different conditions, different opposition, and different pressure points. The danger is when you try to copy and paste the formula - and you can't just use this week's formula for next week. We've got to make sure we rebuild from Tuesday."

Foster said the scoreboard was not the only measure of performances. Problem solving on the field was another, and he felt that was something the side was getting better at.

Foster said the discipline of the side was pleasing. He felt the All Blacks had been good around the contact area for some time, but he was still concerned with penalties conceded by tacklers slow to get out of the contact area.

Foster had seen highlights of Scotland's win over Fiji and said they would have been pleased with their effort in a physical game and would be disappointed to have lost late in the game to Australia a week earlier.

The All Blacks haven't played in Edinburgh since 2017. Some education was part of their build-up as many team members were unaware of the differences in playing at Murrayfield and the history between the sides.

Halfback Brad Weber and wing Leicester Fainga'anuku were released to play for the All Blacks XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham next weekend.

TJ Perenara will take Weber's place as part of a pre-determined plan to give both the halfbacks a couple of weeks with the All Blacks. Centres Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Braydon Ennor returned to the All Blacks after the Ireland A game.

Foster said the All Blacks' XV win over Ireland A had been a different game from what they expected. They felt it would be more defence oriented, but it turned into a more open contest.



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