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'Predictable' All Blacks suck up criticism

AFP logoAFP 8/11/2016
New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team player Dan Carter (L) and coach Ian Foster (R) attend an official welcome parade and reception for the team in Christchurch on November 5, 2015, following their Rugby World Cup win against Australia in England on October 31. AFP PHOTO / Fiona GOODALLNew Zealand's All Blacks rugby team player Dan Carter (L) and coach Ian Foster (R) attend an official welcome parade and reception for the team in Christchurch on November 5, 2015, following their Rugby World Cup win against Australia in England on October 31. AFP PHOTO / Fiona GOODALL © Provided by AFP New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team player Dan Carter (L) and coach Ian Foster (R) attend an official welcome parade and reception for the team in Christchurch on November 5, 2015, following their Rugby World Cup win against Australia in England on October 31. AFP PHOTO / Fiona GOODALLNew Zealand's All Blacks rugby team player Dan Carter (L) and coach Ian Foster (R) attend an official welcome parade and reception for the team in Christchurch on November 5, 2015, following their Rugby World Cup win against Australia in England on October 31. AFP PHOTO / Fiona GOODALL

All Blacks coach Ian Foster admits the world champions paid the price for being "too predictable" when they went down to a landmark defeat by Ireland at the weekend.

The charge has been levelled by Bryan Lochore and Foster said Tuesday he had no problem with the All Black legend's damning verdict.

"I think it is fair based on the Irish game. I think the Irish probably found us a bit predictable too," the number two to head coach Steve Hansen told reporters in Rome.

"We struggled early in terms of ball supply and we were not able to paint some pictures that we needed to paint. So when we did eventually get the ball we did become predictable."

Weakened by injuries, the All Blacks were out-fought and out-thought in a 40-29 defeat in Chicago that represented Ireland's first triumph over New Zealand in 111 years.

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