All Blacks v Argentina: NZ coach Ian Foster wants attack to evolve against Pumas

Evolve seems the All Blacks' keyword, as they try to sort out their predictable attack that has struggled in 2020. 

In three of the five games this year, their attack has been stifled by fast line speed and teams playing with a negative mindset. 

The NZ side have been working on this, as they try to evolve their attack, but coach Ian Foster admits that’s difficult, when teams aren’t playing with traditional southern hemisphere mindset. 

"Apart from the game in Sydney, this series has been marred by it being hard to score tries, a lot of flat lines and a lot of difficulties getting fast ball," Foster has told Newstalk ZB. "This is something every team is working hard to adapt to." 

Foster wants his team to realise that attack doesn't necessarily mean throwing the ball around, playing expansive rugby - it can have different meanings.

"Attacking rugby is part of our DNA and you can't change that, but clearly we've got to get smarter in how we do that," he says. "We have got to redefine what the word ‘attack’ means." 

Even though Foster doesn't want to change to a negative style of play, he does want his side to evolve their attack and be able to score through more traditional ways. 

"Part of what we have been working on has been growing our attack through our set piece. If you look at the past 3-4 tests, we are starting to make our drive a bit of a weapon.

"We scored against Argentina in that way and we are trying to develop some more traditional ways of attacking. 

"The tools are still there, but we need to be quicker at adapting to that and it's been a major work-on for us," Foster says.  

The embattled All Blacks coach, with two wins, two losses and a draw in his first five games, will hope the tools are in place when his side take on the Pumas again next Saturday. 

Join us on November 28 for live updates of the All Blacks v Argentina Tri Nations clash.