Sam Cane apologises for kicking pitch invader in Mendoza

Sam Cane apologises for kicking pitch invader in Mendoza

All Blacks captain Sam Cane has apologised on social media for kicking a pitch invader after his side's 41-12 win over Los Pumas in Mendoza.

The incident took place after the game as the invader ran around the back of his team who looked to have finished their debrief following the match. The skipper proceeded to kick the young fan in a thoughtless act.

The star who had a good game in the black jersey took to Instagram to apologise for his actions and he claimed he was hoping to find the fan to make it right.

"Tonight after the game someone ran onto the pitch and I made an error in judgement and played a part in stopping him." Cane's Instagram post said.

"I acknowledge this was not my role and it is out of character for me to act in such a way.

"I am really sorry and am disappointed in myself. I am trying my best to contact the individual to apologise and make things right."

Outside of the incident, it was a really positive day for the All Blacks who ran riot, particularly in the first half scoring 31 points.

Head coach Ian Foster was pleased with the efforts of his side and how they took the game away from the hosts.

"The first Test (of a season) is always a bit nervy, not knowing where you are at," Foster said. "We knew for us to play with tempo, pace and purpose would be crucial and I thought we did that very well.

"We took the game away from them and probably took the crowd away from them as well.

"I was happy with the whole lot. Our scrum should be proud with the work they did, and the forwards in general with their work around the park.

"It is a good start. It sets us up well for an interesting game next week (at home against South Africa). Every week is a different challenge but overall I think we have taken some steps in the right direction."

Foster surprised many with his selection of Damian McKenzie at fly-half ahead of Richie Mo'unga.

The coach rewarded the form of Damian McKenzie who started in the number 10 jersey in Mendoza. The playmaker was sublime and paid back the faith in full.

"He (McKenzie) looked nice and calm. He controlled the game really well from 10. I am really pleased for him," Foster said.

The All Blacks now turn their attention to a mouth-watering Test against the Springboks at Mt Smart Stadium next weekend.