ROSEMARY ABBOTT | Sport
DIDN’T THINK IT’D HAPPEN UNDER FOSTER!
Braden Dixon, 28, finally saw an All Blacks performance that looked familiar to him.
That’s after the All Blacks demolished Argentina 53-3 in Hamilton last night, snapping a three match home losing streak and probably preventing coach Ian Foster from having to fall on his sword.
“I’ve been calling them Foster’s Imposters ever since he got the job. But gee, credit’s due isn’t it? The boys were on fire last night. Where the hell’s that been for the past 10 months?”
Entering the game the All Blacks had lost six of their last eight test matches and sat 5th on the IRB world rankings. Back to back losses to Ireland and France at the end of 2021 carried over into 2022, where the AB’s lost a historic home series to Ireland.
“I just can’t understand how they didn’t put on a clinic like this in the June series against Ireland? All the right players are there. Why has it taken so long?”
Dixon’s questions have been echoed by many couch coaches, keyboard warriors and rugby pundits throughout New Zealand over the past 10 months since, who have wondered why on earth one of the most consistent teams in the history of sport, somehow looked like a team who’d lost their powers.
“It’s hard to know what to put it down to. I say the coach as the buck stops with him. But at the end of the day, he isn’t the one out there dropping the ball and throwing hospital passes. That performance last night looked like the AB’s of old. Keep Richie at 10 and Beaudy coming off as impact from the bench!”
More to come.
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