Now they’ve locked away the Bledisloe Cup for an 18th successive year the All Blacks are promising not to let-up in pursuit of yet more coveted silverware.

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Not content to have extended their extraordinary trans-Tasman domination of the Wallabies to almost two decades, the insatiable New Zealanders have swiftly turned their attention to claiming another trophy.

Having kicked off the tournament also featuring Argentina with a bonus point from their 43-5 destruction of Australia at ANZ Stadium, the All Blacks are eyeing a 3-0 Bledisloe drubbing of the Wallabies as well as a perfect two-from-two start to the Tri Nations on Saturday night.

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Coach Ian Foster said while they should savour their biggest-ever win over the Wallabies, he reminded his hungry charges they still had a job to do in Brisbane.

“It’s how people respond. We’ve got to respond from a victory and we’ve got to make sure we get our feet on the ground really quickly because Suncorp has always been a great challenge up there and now we’ve got another trophy to focus on,” he said.

 

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In an ominous warning to the Wallabies and Pumas, Foster said there remained significant improvement in the All Blacks despite their typically polished display – even in driving rain – in Saturday night’s 38-point victory.

“Every coach is going to say there’s a few areas to work on,” he said.

“We’ll go away and analyse it. The third quarter we got caught a little bit early so the Wallabies certainly came out of the shed a little bit stronger and motivated than we did and we saw that at Eden Park too in that last quarter when we took the foot off the pedal.

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“So we’ve got to address that.

“But rather than talk about any areas of concern, I just thought the things that worked well for us was our game management.

“I thought you saw a patient All Black performance in the first half. Sometimes we’re guilty of over-playing certain situations but in the wet and the way the game went that was probably the area I was most proud of.”

– Darren Walton

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