After two consecutive defeats, the All Blacks are back on the winning track after beating Namibia 71-3 in Toulouse.
The Kiwis scored 11 tries, but the Namibians also have reason to be proud: They came up with a courageous performance against the three-time champions, while they also advanced several times deep into their opponents’ half.
But in the end the All Blacks had hopelessly too much firepower and Ian Foster is pleased with his team’s performance.
“The players did a good job and the forwards ensured that we got enough opportunities on the attack,” said the New Zealand coach.
Foster especially wanted to see an improvement in scrum work and he thinks the Kiwi front row deserves a pat on the back.
“We scrummed well and that gave us a solid foundation to dictate the game. It definitely gave our confidence a welcome boost.”
However, they still conceded 12 penalties compared to the Namibians’ seven, while Ethan de Groot was also sent to the cooler for a dangerous tackle.
“Namibia definitely put us under pressure a few times, but it’s good to win again; especially after last week’s disappointing performance against France,” said Ardie Savea.
The loose forward has taken the captaincy reins in Sam Cane’s absence and he believes that the team needs to look closely at his discipline.
“We conceded too many penalties which created opportunities for Namibia on the attack. We have to be relentless on the rugby field.”
The link pair of Cam Roigard and Damian McKenzie jointly scored four of the team’s tries and Roigard’s play in particular impressed friend and foe alike.
The scrum-half taught the Namibian defenders a lesson twice within the space of ten minutes, while his nimble passing also provided loads of front-foot momentum.
New Zealand: Tries: Cam Roigard (2), Damian McKenzie (2), Leicester Fainga’anuku, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ethan de Groot, Dalton Papali’i, David Havili, Caleb Clarke, Rieko Ioane. Goals: McKenzie (8).
Namibia: Penalty kick: Tiaan Swanepoel.