Foster was pleased with the All Blacks' winning start against Argentina

Foster was pleased with the All Blacks’ winning start against Argentina

“It’s a good start. It prepares us well for an interesting game next week [at home against South Africa]. Each week is a different challenge, but overall I think we’ve taken some steps in the right direction.”

Foster surprised many by choosing Damian McKenzie at flyhalf ahead of Richie Muunga. “he [McKenzie] He looked nice and calm. He controlled the game well from the 10th hour. I’m really happy for him.”

But the coach was less pleased with the performance of the second half, as Argentina outperformed its visitors 12-10.

“We lost the second half,” he said. “We weren’t efficient with our chances. We’d like to finish strong and we didn’t do that today.

“This is a favor to them [Argentina’s] Culture, they did not give up. I thought we opened up a lot of opportunities and they took advantage of the opportunities they had.

“There are some lessons there when you have an opponent under pressure and you have to stick with it until the end.”

New Zealand hosts the Springboks – who also started with a big win, 43-12 over the Wallabies in Pretoria – at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday (9.05am SA time).

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