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The All Blacks’ win over Puma takes pressure off the head coach National Sports | Instant News


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The strict standards that New Zealand rugby fans have held on to the All Blacks coach are evident again at the end of a turbulent 2020 season in which the national team played only six trial matches.

The All Blacks have retained the Bledisloe Cup for 18 consecutive years and are likely to claim the Tri-Nations title with Saturday’s 38-0 win over Argentina in Newcastle.

But fans will likely give new head coach Ian Foster just the mark of passing trials at the end of his first season as coach. The All Blacks finished the year with three wins, two defeats and a draw – a poor record by their high standards.

Foster’s job may be in jeopardy if the All Blacks lose again on Saturday, going through three successive defeats for the first time in 22 years. The All Blacks’ win by five zero tries may have taken some of the pressure off Foster and allowed him to go to the end of the year with his job safe for now.

“We didn’t lose faith in what we were doing,” said Foster. “It has been a big couple of weeks but the players are still determined to play and I feel we got the formula right today.

“They’re a proud team, they play with passion. It’s been some big days for their country with the death of an icon (Diego Maradona). We knew they would bring a lot of attitude, and we saw that in the first half.

“The losses two weeks ago were still painful but tonight there is still a long way to go to fix them. We have to remind ourselves that we played to win trophies today and we’ll see what happens next week. “

Some fans feared Foster might not be the best candidate when he was appointed last December to replace World Cup winning head coach Steve Hansen as unlikely to be completely at ease. Others may now be willing to postpone the judgment.

The All Blacks succeeded on Saturday to fix some of the problems that proved to be in their first defeat to Argentina two weeks ago. Their set pieces are solid, they are more efficient at breakdowns, they hit stronger and bend the advantage line and are able to move the ball into the outside channel, which they couldn’t in Sydney when they lost 25-15.

But the performance was imperfect and Argentina fielded a weaker team than in Sydney. Argentina’s defense is much better than the scoreline indicates and Puma is still very effective at isolating the ball carrier.

New Zealand had almost 75% possession of the ball but only managed one first half attempt. The score line ballooned when substitute Will Jordan was given two attempts from Argentina’s error in a two-minute spell in the middle of the second half. The attempt to lock in Patrick Tuipulotu nearly five minutes after the full-time siren also made the All Blacks’ win look more comprehensive than ever.

Scrumhalf Aaron Smith and flyhalf Richie Mo’unga’s form in managing the All Blacks’ attack was poor and New Zealand should have scored more of the possession and territory advantage enjoyed. It produces easy yards around the edges in defensive performance that is not nearly as perfect as the goalless result suggests and the kicking game needs radar.

There are still selection problems that Foster must face next year. Beauden Barrett is not doing well at full-back and brother Jordie doesn’t look to be getting his best advantage down the right flank.

On the other hand, Akira Ioane is very new to testing rugby but looks to offer the best option New Zealand has had on the blind wing since Jerome Kaino’s retirement. He brought about violence that the All Blacks didn’t have these days.

Scott Barrett is much better than Foster expected and could be Sam Whitelock’s veteran permanent partner if he can keep up his discipline. Nepo Laulala upped the All Blacks’ scrum by stepping into the openings at the tight stanchions left by suspended Ofa Tuungafasi and fully fit Dane Coles was definitely the No. 1 New Zealand.

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Ruffles France against Italy to prepare for England’s Autumn Cup of Nations final | Instant News


Revised France beat Italy 36-5 at home on Saturday to top Group B of the Autumn Nations Cup and prepare for a bizarre final with England next weekend.

Following the agreement between the federation and the league, coach Fabien Galthie will have to make 13 changes to the A-team and the same player will have to face England at Twickenham next Sunday.

BluesHowever, it did work at the Stade de France after a poor start, scoring five attempts through Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Baptiste Serin, Teddy Thomas and Sekou Macalou, another point coming from the boots of Matthieu Jalibert and Louis Carbonel.

Italy scored a try through Carlo Canna, as they finished third on five points with France on 14 and Scotland on 11 points Azzurri will have to face Wales in Llanelli next Saturday unless Georgia claim a bonus points win or create a hugely negative points gap against Ireland in Group A on Sunday.

Galthie said France needed to adapt to the circumstances as they aimed to become a great rugby nation again.

“We have a very demanding method for the players. Our aim is to appear fast in a context that is not always easy to deal with, with institutions that don’t always agree,” he told a news conference.

“Tonight we are happy with this win, with five tries. Now we have to focus on next weekend’s match against an English team who will be appearing in full force.”

There was a minute of silence in memory of former France international Christophe Dominici, who died on Wednesday at the age of 48.

With five players yet to play and only two from the team that beat Scotland last weekend, France lacks cohesion and discipline.

Canna broke through the defense to put Italy ahead after Jalibert had opened the scoring with an early penalty. Blues regained the lead just before the break when Danty landed after receiving a pass from Baptiste Serin from the Scrum.

Jalibert converted and Blues hit the break with a 10-5 lead. France scored three attempts in nine minutes between the 55th and 63rd minutes.

Villiere winger scored at the end of the 35-meter slalom, Serin slipped to add to his side’s third just before Thomas dived after receiving a pass from Brice Dulin.

Italy dropped to 14 on the field after Jacopo Trulla fouled after making an illegal tackle.

The Macalou shuts down a decent performance with a last-second try converted by Carbonel.

With players allowed to appear on a maximum of three match sheets for the fall tests, France is still without the likes of Antoine Dupont and regular captain Charles Ollivon at Twickenham.

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Ruffles France against Italy to prepare for England’s Autumn Cup of Nations final | Instant News


Revised France beat Italy 36-5 at home on Saturday to top Group B of the Autumn Nations Cup and prepare for a bizarre final with England next weekend.

Following the agreement between the federation and the league, coach Fabien Galthie will have to make 13 changes to the A-team and the same player will have to face England at Twickenham next Sunday.

BluesHowever, it did work at the Stade de France after a poor start, scoring five attempts through Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Baptiste Serin, Teddy Thomas and Sekou Macalou, another point coming from the boots of Matthieu Jalibert and Louis Carbonel.

Italy scored a try through Carlo Canna, as they finished third on five points with France on 14 and Scotland on 11 points Azzurri will have to face Wales in Llanelli next Saturday unless Georgia claim a bonus points win or create a hugely negative points gap against Ireland in Group A on Sunday.

There was a minute of silence in memory of former France international Christophe Dominici, who died on Wednesday at the age of 48.

With five players yet to play and only two from the team that beat Scotland last weekend, France lacks cohesion and discipline.

Canna broke through the defense to put Italy ahead after Jalibert had opened the scoring with an early penalty. Blues regained the lead just before the break when Danty landed after receiving a pass from Baptiste Serin from the Scrum.

Jalibert converted and Blues hit the break with a 10-5 lead. France scored three attempts in nine minutes between the 55th and 63rd minutes.

Villiere winger scored at the end of the 35-meter slalom, Serin slipped to add to his side’s third just before Thomas dived after receiving a pass from Brice Dulin.

Italy dropped to 14 on the field after Jacopo Trulla fouled after making an illegal tackle.

The Macalou shuts down a decent performance with a last-second try converted by Carbonel.

With players allowed to appear on a maximum of three match sheets for the fall tests, France is still without the likes of Antoine Dupont and regular captain Charles Ollivon at Twickenham.

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Rugby-New Zealand closed Argentina 38-0 in the Tri-Nations test | Instant News


SYDNEY, 28 Nov (Reuters) – New Zealand beat Argentina 38-0 in the Tri-Nations test at Newcastle on Saturday to seek revenge for their shock defeat to Puma two weeks ago and halt a two-game losing streak.

The All Blacks earn bonus points for going five points clear at the top of the table and will secure the title if Argentina or Australia do not win the tournament final in Sydney next weekend by a sizeable margin.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Hugh Lawson

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Rugby: New Zealand closed Argentina 38-0 in the Tri-Nations test | Instant News


FILE PHOTO: New Zealand All Blacks player seen during the national anthem before the Tri-Nations rugby union match between the Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, 7 November 2020. AAP Image / Darren England via REUTERS / File Photo

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New Zealand beat Argentina 38-0 in the Tri-Nations test at Newcastle on Saturday to seek revenge for their shock loss to Puma two weeks ago and snuff out a two-game losing streak.

The All Blacks earn bonus points for going five points clear at the top of the table and will secure the title if Argentina or Australia do not win the tournament final in Sydney next weekend by a sizeable margin.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Hugh Lawson

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