All Blacks target clean sweep in Rugby Championship

All Blacks target clean sweep in Rugby Championship

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Monday 27/09/2021
Coach Ian Foster wants his All Blacks side to focus on claiming their own grand slam this weekend. [Photo: Getty Image]

Coach Ian Foster wants his All Blacks side to focus on claiming their own grand slam this weekend when they face South Africa.

They are looking for a clean sweep in the Rugby Championship after handing the world champions a narrow loss on Saturday.

Jordie Barrett's late penalty earned Foster's side a 19-17 victory over the Springboks that ensured the unbeaten New Zealanders reclaimed the Rugby Championship trophy with a fifth win in a row in the southern hemisphere competition.

Foster says in the Six Nations, if a team wins five games they celebrate it as a Grand Slam, and they have that chance now in the Rugby Championship to have a grand slam opportunity this week.

He says for this group to put themselves in that position is a massive credit to Captain Ardie Savea and the men for the way they're gelling together and working hard.

He adds they know to achieve what they want and get that grand slam, they have to lift a couple of cogs from Saturday's game.

The All Blacks have dominated this year's Rugby Championship despite not being at full strength, with Savea serving as stand-in captain in the absence of Sam Whitelock while star halves Aaron Smith and Richie Mo'unga have also been sidelined.

The Wallabies will face Argentina at 7.05pm Saturday and the All Blacks meet the Springboks at 10.05pm Saturday.


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