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Foster wants All Black to focus on their discipline

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New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster says that All Blacks will need to control their discipline and stop giving away needless penalties in their Rugby Championship match against the Springboks in Johannesburg.

Foster is wary of a Springbok backlash following their loss to the Wallabies in Brisbane and knows that the altitude of Ellis Park will allow the Springboks to slot long range penalties.

The stats show that the All Blacks conceded 11 penalties in Christchurch against Argentina and Foster was not happy with the number of unnecessary penalties and wants this to be cut out against South Africa.

“We know when we look at our discipline last week against Argentina, for that middle part of the second half, we gave them soft penalties, ” Foster told Stuff.

“We got a bit frustrated, we allowed them to get field territory and they got two tries. So we experienced ourselves what poor discipline does.

“Poor discipline is not just about acting in a foul sort of way, it is about not nailing your role in every particular minute and we paid the price last week for that. “

“Discipline is important through every game of test match rugby, ” Foster reiterated.

“You talk about Wayne Barnes last year, but time has proven he made the right call. So what we learn about that is more about not putting ourselves in a position where we are vulnerable to a last-minute refereeing decision.

“Ultimately we would want to take control of the performance ourselves. “

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