Foster excited by Bledisloe showdown

Date published: August 11 2015

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster is looking forward to their winner-takes-all Bledisloe Cup meeting with Australia in Auckland on Saturday.

On the back of a defeat in Sydney which cost them the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks must win to keep their hands on the coveted Bledisloe Cup.

Such a high pressure game ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is something that pleases coach Foster, who revealed training has had an edge this week.

"We thought we didn't need [a wake-up call] but we got one and now we have got to respond," the assistant coach explained to ONE News ahead of the fixture.

"It's exciting. It's great preparation for later in the year to have a game where the winner takes all on Saturday.

"So that's added another edge to it, we certainly had it last week but you can sort of sense a little bit of a lift this week."

He added on last week's loss: "We weren't quick enough to adjust and so that is our primary focus and probably our secondary focus right now is making sure that we are smart enough to adapt through the game."

Australia have not beaten New Zealand at Eden Park since 1986 and lost 51-20 at the venue last year.

Such is the fortress it has become that the All Blacks' last defeat there was back in 1994 when they went down 23-20 to France. Foster though refused to talk up their Auckland history as he is not expecting anything but a tough battle with the Wallabies.

"Eden Park is not a magic formula for us by any means and if we take any part of our performance for granted we are going to suffer," he stressed.