‘We won’t underestimate Wales’ – Foster

The All Blacks' first-half performance in their 39-21 win over Wales in Auckland on Saturday, was a rather poor one.

Despite this poor opening 40 start, which saw them traling by three-points at the break, the two-time champions made good in the end and outscored their opponents by five tries to two.

The home side, however, will not underestimate their Northern Hemisphere opposition as they prepare for the second Test in Wellington.

Assistant coach Ian Foster believes that, even though they outsmarted a very spirited Wales side, they will not become complacent.

"You never heard us say we thought it was their best chance," Foster told Stuff.

"We think they've got three chances to beat us and we've got three chances to beat them. We're trying not to get caught up in what the media is saying is our opposition's best chance. 

"Our goal, and it may sound boring, is to prepare as consistently as possible and keep growing through the three-test series.

"We don't want to get distracted and feel like we've climbed a mountain and how it's going to get easy, because we know it won't."

New Zealand have the luxury of having most of the key players fit after the first Test and also some slowly returning to full fitness

Scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow, who has recovered completely from a broken hand, will be competing with Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara for the two number nine positions in the matchday squad with the latter making a big impact when he came off the bench, last week.

Foster admitted that the selection for the two scrum-halves in the matchday 23 will be a tough one to make.

"You'll have to wait and see about selection but he's certainly looking like he's going to be very close," Foster said about Kerr-Barlow's possible inclusion into the matchday squad."

Another player who is making his way back to full fitness is playmaker Beauden Barrett, the Hurricanes player come on for Julian Savea as an early replacement.

"He hasn't come into this campaign on great form and it didn't really go his way, to a certain degree, last week. But he's just taking it day by day and getting better and better I think, so it's just all part of getting him back to the shape that we really need him to be in," Foster said in reference to Savea.

The former Chiefs coach admits that while they do not want to look too far ahead, the selectors are faced with the conundrum of naming the best All Black 23.

"As selectors we look at the bigger group and try and figure out how we're going to play the game and do we want to inject someone later in the game or do we want to start like that? It's a week-by-week decision."

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