New Zealand coach Ian Foster will take the All Blacks into the Bledisloe Cup opener next month with Australia in a confident mood after a better performance against Fiji on Saturday.
The All Blacks secured a 60-13 victory in Hamilton as Foster’s side notched a third victory in two weeks after an earlier victory over Fiji and a 102-0 loss to Tonga earlier this month.
“The way we ended up, we did some really clinical work that shows that when we get the right intention and improve the quality of our ball transport, we can actually get the ball speed we want,” said he declared.
“There’s still a bit of a way to go but overall when I look at all three tests I’m pretty happy with the current situation.”
The All Blacks face the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup opener on August 7 at Eden Park in Auckland and Foster will name his squad on Monday.
Foster has introduced six newcomers to his squad in the last three games while also reintroducing Beauden Barrett, Ardie Savea and Anton Lienert-Brown and he is pleased with the progress made.
“It’s a series where we clearly wanted to build some parts of our game,” said Foster.
“We’ve had to deal with a few players over the last six months. We have had a few players who came back from Japan out of quarantine. We had a few longer term injuries.
“We saw a bit of rust in some of these guys every time they played.
“From that point of view, it was a great opportunity to bring these guys back into the game.”
Hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho won Foster’s award after coming off the bench to score a pair of tries on his debut against Fiji.
“Samisoni has been here for two weeks and frankly he has been exceptional behind the scenes,” he said.
“He’s supported himself and has shown that he can be a precise rugby player, which gives us some very good options in this space.”