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What concerns me most about Ian Foster

The run-up to the World Cup semi-final in 2019 had many a New Zealand rugby union supporter experiencing increasing nervousness as the coaching panel were displaying an unshakeable belief that no matter how slow ruck ball became, and no matter how much time defences had to reset their full defensive lines on the back of […]

I think Reiko could be a good test centre, but a genuinely worlds best left winger.
His form this international season is right back to his very best.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

we are lucky 5m kiwis dont get to have their say on our opinions, unlike the AB coach

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

He played test 1 v arg.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Exactly – and do we need 2 guys playing the role, no.
Most interesting match this year was the oz game where Akira had a brilliant defensive first half playing narrow, and then that second half that cut a swathe out wide.
The results 18-0 at half time and we lost the second half 21-20 when that role went wider. It was a brilliant example of the two different approaches and seriously different outcomes.
Give me the first half outcome and structure any time, especially when we play the better sides.
This is why I pose the question, why are we persisting with crowbarring this role into the side when it doesn’t bring better outcomes, and historally hasn’t.
It’s not about the players, although that what people prefer to discuss , it’s about how we should play, and we have a history of not making the wider model work.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

He’s got a line this weekend, think I read that somewhere
He has been injured

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Have a look at the breakdown numbers nick bishop produced. – Not a ioane mention, it’s a gap.
But, as I have mentioned over and over it’s about combos and balance, which is why i didn’t include the individual D errors we have seen this year, and both of these when we pick Akira and Ardie together just aren’t evident.
There is a belting loose trio in here somewhere with the quality we have, it may include either of Akira or Ardie, but I just can’t see both together long term.
Even more interesting when Cane comes back.
That ruck D from the aus series is my last worry before the SA games.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

His tackle count and try scoring record is pretty hard to argue against right now

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

I shall watch the Havili/ALB combo closer this weekend if selected.

Turnovers for this current group are a direct relationship to the lack of breakdown presence they are providing, but 4 consective tests where 6 and 8 dont register turnover must be a new one for a NZ side

Nepo easy leading tighthead, its a bench battle for the others.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

I think they should let him off……

UPDATED: Springbok CLEARED as citing dismissed for brutal Kerevi clean out

Havili seems equally happy going to the line or play making, its a nice to have!!

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

I am not really a fan of the main NZ rugby media, such little genuine insight, but I agreed when most said waiting to extend the contract would be a better ides.
Think we can all see genuine progress from the group – now for the ultimate test this weekend
Foster still not getting the credit he should

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

The Chieka call is a good one – Hooper and Pocock, both wonderful players
Put them together and their average collective output would fall.
We have the resources for a belting loose trio, might take some more shuffling to find it – its about how they play together

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Thanks for the ALB update, I thought he was good to go

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Clarke going to fall into the Goodhue Frizell club – bad time to be away from the squad

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

I think Reiko has genuine worldy potential on the wing and really dont want to see him moved, Remain to be convinced on his defensive organisation at 13, although he does seem to talk a lot!

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Its nice to have enough options to disagree – so much better.
I can live with either of your loose forward trios as they look way better balanced than what we played against Australia – the fact the Dmac has the same number of turnovers as Ioane/Savea/Papalii combined should be sending all sorts of warnings, not only for on the ball presence but presence at the breakdown from these 3 in general.
I have some stills and clips cut up on tries we conceded against Aus but didn’t put them up as its more personal errors in the (and they aint good) and I wanted the discussion to be about the lack of combinations, but as usual the discussion swerves towards this player vs that, and that aint the point.
I wrote at the time that Akiras finest 40min in D was the 3rd Aus game, played in the middle, took the first ball carrier – really really good, problem was he was totally gassed by half time and decamped to the wing, get an hour out of him defending like he did that day and I’m a believer. But consistency wise, next week he had 4 tackles, 1 miss, 2 turnovers conceded and 1 penalty conceded for 27m run – Same consistency issue as the two I highlighted in the piece.
Not sure what you arent liking about Havili/ALB, but free to disagree , this weekend will be their biggest test yet – for example I dont get the focus on Ennor but so many do.
Re Tighthead – did you watch Ofa when he came on at scrum time – really good.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

The single biggest issue with the preferred loose trio to date is the almost total absence of combinations, working together in either defence or attack – it just not there.
We have seen some semblance from Savea/Papalii but Jacobson/Papalii was an immediate match – keeping Argentina to nil doesnt hurt the argument either.
I want to see the trio working seemlessly based on what their partners are doing.
Check put this short gif of Cane / Frizell last year, constant movement and all based on where your mate is.
Its only short but it gives the idea – and these two did that really well last year

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ps…Sky/Stan give me access to your database without copyright issues and I will produce a string of these!!!

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Even worse – paul cullys opinion

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Goodhue injury timing not good for him.
QT with another season under his belt will be tough to get in front of.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

The good one – at the Highlanders
One worth watching this year

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Thanks Carlin
Is there a question over whether ALB is fit? I just presumed rested with the others
How good to have some dynamism in that front row – Bower has been a real example of the output required when he has got a chance – clearly a change in approach from the coaching team.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Thanks OB
Totally get your point re Bridge, esp against SA, but Reiko this year – wow (if a little line fever last week)
We have more than enough resources to get that loose trio right, good luck to Fozzie and co cause they have some serious raw material to work with, Cane back makes it easier I think.
The good thing about your loose trio is that while being defensively sound it has real attack potential, we are seeing it with Jacobson, and we saw what Cane can do offensively last season when Foster took the shackles off

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

I had Blackadder’s tackle count at 15-4 on the weekend, twice beaten on the inside shoulder as he went ruck to ruck. He is good for a lazy penalty or two – but so are those he is competing with, what we never see in the public numbers in breakdown impact and he is just a machine there.
I was kinda off Taylor last year but seeing better things, but with Coles out he start to start against the Boks, – that throw still wobbles more than I would like.
As much I would like to see Jacobson this weekend, I cant see them going with him starting purely off the way they have been selecting this season.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Thanks Tony
I could live with your starting loose forward trio as that look to have balance, but Ardie is captain for this part of the tour, major surprise if he doesn’t play
While I was pleased to see Sotutu put in a performance, he was poor in his olny other start v Fiji, and low impact when he went back to Counties.
Hes not ready to walk into a SA storm – yet.

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

Chess with 110kg pieces

The ‘clunk’ of another All Black piece falling into place under coach Foster

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