Ian Foster Shocked by England's Choice Not to go for the win

In a match that the All Blacks dominated for 70 minutes, New Zealand rugby coach Ian Foster claims his team is lacking after enabling England to snag a last-second draw.

"We'll be more disappointed than them, I loved the way we played for large parts of the game, we're moving well, but it shows we're not quite there yet." Foster said.

Foster, who had blasted Marcus Smith's appeal to settle for the draw, is surprised that England did not press for the victory. A large portion of the home crowd also shares Foster's amazement.

"If you flipped it around, I would have liked our guys to have a crack, so I'm not sure what their tactics were," Foster said

England's captain Owen Farrell justified the choice, arguing that his team was not in a strong position to attack. Coach Eddie Jones shot down any claims that his team missed the opportunity to snag an even more illustrious victory by saying he trusted his players to make their own choices.

Richie Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett of New Zealand controlled the game, routinely outflanking the hosts with deft cross kicks as all the attention was on England's twin playmaker danger of Smith and Farrell.

"Beaudie on those kick passes, he's very good at it and he sees space," Foster said.

The Smith-Farrell axis requires improvement if it is to be England's preferred set-up, but the All Blacks look to have decided to start Mo'unga at 10 with Barrett, who previously held the position, serving as a backup option from fullback.

"While it's frustrating, there were large parts of that performance that I'm really proud of," Foster said, pointing to the set-piece, where the All Blacks eked scrum penalties and mostly dominated the lineout. 


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