‘Wales still have a chance’ – Foster

Date published: June 14 2016

The All Blacks' first-half performance in their 39-21 win over Wales in Auckland on Saturday, was a rather poor one.

Despite this poor opening 40 start, which saw them trailing by three-points at the break, the two-time champions made good in the end and outscored their opponents by five tries to two.

The home side, however, will not underestimate their Northern Hemisphere opposition as they prepare for the second Test in Wellington.

Assistant coach Ian Foster believes that, even though they outsmarted a very spirited Wales side, they will not become complacent.

"You never heard us say we thought it was their best chance," Foster told Stuff.

"We think they've got three chances to beat us and we've got three chances to beat them. We're trying not to get caught up in what the media is saying is our opposition's best chance. 

"Our goal, and it may sound boring, is to prepare as consistently as possible and keep growing through the three-test series.

"We don't want to get distracted and feel like we've climbed a mountain and how it's going to get easy, because we know it won't."

New Zealand have the luxury of having most of their key players fit after the first Test and also some slowly returning to full fitness.

Scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow, who has recovered completely from a broken hand, will be competing with Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara for the two number nine positions in the matchday squad with the latter making a big impact when he came off the bench, last week.

Foster admitted that the selection for the two scrum-halves in the matchday 23 will be a tough one to make.

"You'll have to wait and see about selection but [Kerr-Barlow] is certainly looking like he's going to be very close."