Foster wants All Black to focus on their discipline

Ian Foster has re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster says that All Blacks will need to control
their discipline and stop giving away needless penalties in their Rugby Championship
match against the Springboks in Johannesburg.

Foster is wary of a Springbok backlash following their loss to the Wallabies
in Brisbane and knows that the altitude of Ellis Park will allow the Springboks
to slot long range penalties.

The stats show that the All Blacks conceded 11 penalties in Christchurch against
Argentina and Foster was not happy with the number of unnecessary penalties
and wants this to be cut out against South Africa.

“We know when we look at our discipline last week against Argentina, for
that middle part of the second half, we gave them soft penalties, ” Foster
told Stuff.

“We got a bit frustrated, we allowed them to get field territory and they
got two tries. So we experienced ourselves what poor discipline does.

“Poor discipline is not just about acting in a foul sort of way, it is
about not nailing your role in every particular minute and we paid the price
last week for that. ”

“Discipline is important through every game of test match rugby, ”
Foster reiterated.

“You talk about Wayne Barnes last year, but time has proven he made the
right call. So what we learn about that is more about not putting ourselves
in a position where we are vulnerable to a last-minute refereeing decision.

“Ultimately we would want to take control of the performance ourselves. “

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