Summing up the season, the All Blacks head coach put a plus for his protégé for composure at the moment when “everyone took up knives”.
“I’m glad that during these difficult weeks Sam did not make himself doubt himself,” Ian said at a press conference. – Probably the best I can say is that under the circumstances he did exactly what I expected of him. His job is not the easiest in the world. Especially under such pressure, when everyone took up the knives (Ian means harsh criticism of All Blacks in general and Kane in particular after two consecutive defeats in the Rugby Championship. Editor’s note). It’s easy to start doubting yourself in such a situation, but I haven’t noticed anything like it. I saw a person who has no doubts about the team or what we are doing.
At the same time, the All Blacks mentor did not apply to remind that the tournament and the season as a whole cannot be called ordinary:
“It was an extremely difficult year for everyone. Not just for All Blacks. We empathize with the Argentina national team. During the time they spent in Australia everyone saw their dedication.
Two weeks ago, when we played the fifth test in six weeks, we had a very difficult time. You saw how hard it was for Argentina to play the third match in three weeks.
All teams had a lot of problems. But it’s great that we still play rugby and I take off my hat to everyone who organized the tournament. It was fantastic.
For us, however, there were several unpleasant moments in it, in particular related to the defeat from Argentina, but we used the chance to fix everything and show our game. “
Despite two defeats in a row (from the national teams of Australia and Argentina), the All Blacks finished their performance in the 2020 Rugby Championship / Three Nations on a positive note, beating Los Pumas last Saturday with a score of 38: 0 and practically guaranteeing themselves the “gold” of the tournament … The New Zealanders can be left without the main trophy in one of two cases: If Wallabis beat the Argentines by a score of 101 points, or if Los Pumas beat the Australians by a score of 93 points.