The bleeding is stopped.
New Zealand, victorious on Saturday in South Africa (23-35), has finally found its way to victory.
In the land of rugby-king, the All Blacks' five defeats in six matches (including three losses in a row) before facing the Boks for the second time had unleashed a real storm.
Media and supporters attacking one man directly: coach Ian Foster.
Guilty of all evils and the target of violent attacks.
After the convincing success on Saturday on the land of the world champions, the New Zealand technician preferred to take things with a smile.
“The stress did me good, I think I lost a kilo last week, so in a few weeks I will be in good shape
,” he joked.
And to recognize:
"I know that I was made fun of for what I said after a defeat
(his team had achieved its
"best performance of the year"
in the first 26-10 loss against the Boks , editor's note),
but we made a big upheaval in our pack compared to last week.
(Assistant coach) Jason Ryan
work was solid, and I felt we were creating some opportunities.
We wanted to do it so badly that we rushed things, whereas today we were more patient.”
The – controversial – choice to establish Richie Mo'unga at the opening in place of Beauden Barrett has finally paid off.
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At the end of the match, Ian Foster received the support of his troops, in particular of the third-line Ardie Savea.
“For me personally, he is my coach and I support him 100%, side by side.
He's been under a lot of pressure and I know 'Foz' doesn't want to take it personally, but I just want him to know that we support him and all the players support him."
According to him and despite the fierce criticism, Foster “
is a great coach and he has great coaches by his side, who fully support him, 100%.
And I hope everyone listening, reading this, supports us.
The New Zealand Federation will meet
The New Zealand Federation, which knows that it is playing big one year before the World Cup in France, is waiting.
Kiwi leaders will meet over the "
" to discuss the future of manager Ian Foster and the entire All Blacks squad, NZRU chief executive Mark Robinson said on Sunday.
All we can say is that we are focused on getting everyone home, and we will have a number of exchanges in the coming days,
We just have to analyze this small period and see what the next steps must be with this framework.
For his part, the "men in black" coach acknowledged that stress "
is part of the job and it was quite virulent
There have been a lot of attacks, especially from the New Zealand media .
They expect a lot from us and they let it be known loud and clear.
They clearly attacked me very, very hard as a person.
This pressure was strong but that does not change the fact that in adversity, he is the best teacher of character and we remained united.
“There are always skeptics and a bit of negativity”
New Zealand will now have fifteen days to prepare for the reception of Argentina on August 27, on behalf of the third day of the Rugby Championship.
Until then, the calculations will go well.
The names of Scott Robertson (successful Crusaders mentor), Leon McDonald (Auckland Blues) or Joe Schmidt (Leinster, Ireland) come up regularly in discussions.
Some people don't have patience and I understand that.
I understand the frustrations, but inside the group, it does not mean much to us,
sweeps Ian Foster.
What's important is to stick together, work hard and keep improving.
Same echo on the side of Ardie Savea:
“In our sport, there are always skeptics and a little negativity, but it does not matter, because it makes everyone better.
People care about us.
Our fans care.
The media cares.
Which is right.
But we have to get up and do our job and I'm glad we did that
It remains to be seen whether this is enough to save the head of the Blacks coach.
The days to come will be decisive.