Foster happy with All Blacks title but says “steps remain”
The New Zealanders are reassured after the tumultuous year 2022, as they have just been crowned champions of the Rugby Championship on this Saturday following their outstanding victory against the Australians (40-14).
When Ian Foster addressed the media following the All Blacks’ victory against Australia on Saturday (40-14), he was not one hundred percent certain that the All Blacks would win the Rugby Championship; nonetheless, he could not hide his joy at having chained three consecutive victories together.
In the end, the South Africans’ victory over Argentina by a score of 38-21 did not prove to be enough to capture the trophy; rather, New Zealand was victorious and claimed the title. Even the most devoted supporter of New Zealand rugby could hardly place the 2022 season among the country’s all-time greats, even though the All Blacks won their 19th Southern Hemisphere championship in the 26 seasons since the sport became a professional competition.
“It made this team stronger”
After conceding a historic loss to Argentina in September and losing their home Test matches to Ireland in July, coach Ian Foster was happy with how his squad recovered one year before the World Cup in France. The World Cup will be held in France.
Check out this other article on rugby for a video recap of the completely insane victory the All Blacks had in Australia.
“We have found solutions to a lot of challenges. We have put in a lot of effort. He told the reporters in Auckland that it made the team stronger overall. “These were trying experiences that we would have liked not to have to go through, but we had no choice but to confront them. In predicaments like this, you have two options: either you buckle in and commit suicide or you bend and run away from the situation because it is too difficult. We are growing more confident, but there are still many challenges ahead of us.
Foster has ‘already forgotten the roller coaster’
The inconsistent play that his team has displayed this year will not be easily forgotten, but Foster does not believe that it is time to take stock just yet. He continued by saying that for the time being, their only option is to “take the steps one at a time,” with the first step being “to finish this Rugby Championship strong.” “To tell you the truth, I’ve already forgotten about the roller coaster. I’m content at the moment. If we consider the second half of the tournament, we can say that we are quite pleased with the work that we have achieved.
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The coach for the New Zealand national team believes that such a dominant win against Australia should not be undervalued, particularly in light of the close victory that they achieved the previous week. “It’s always a game you can lose, and we witnessed how dangerous they can be just a week ago,” he said to me in confidence.
The All Blacks will enter their November trip with a winning record, even though they are now ranked fourth in the world (5 wins, 4 losses). They will compete against Japan, Wales, Scotland, and England respectively.