5 Sep 2016

All Blacks expect physical rather than niggly approach from Pumas

3:21 pm on 5 September 2016

The All Blacks are predicting a physical rather than niggly approach from Argentina in this weekend's Rugby Championship test in Hamilton.

The All Blacks have begun the series with two straightforward wins over Australia, the second in Wellington becoming a niggly affair when the Wallabies tried to provoke the All Blacks in retaliating.

Lock Brodie Rettallick says he doesn't mind that style of game as it indicates the opposition isn't focusing on the game although he admits it can get frustrating.

Brodie Retallick charges at the defence in the Test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies.

Brodie Retallick charges at the defence in the Test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies. Photo: PhotoSport

"There's a line where you have got to stand up as a team and not just stand there are take it and there's also a point where it diverts you from what you are doing.

Referee Romain Poite speaks to captains Kieran Read (L) and Stephen Moore, Wellington. 27th August 2016. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz

The All Blacks last test match against Australia turned into a niggly affair with the Wallabies taking a disruptive approach to the game. Photo: Photosport

"So as an individual you need to be aware of when that is happening to you ...and when you are just standing up for your team, so yeah, at times it possibly got the better of us (against Australia) but I think overall we handledit pretty well."

Argentina is no long the unknown unquantity it once was with the All Blacks playing them regularly recent times and also having the experience of playing the Jaguars in the Super rugby competition.

However flanker Sam Cane says they certainly do present a different style of play.

"Between their line speed and their set piece it's just a wee bit different," said Cane.

He said the Pumas should probably have had two wins over South Africa in their first games which shows how they are developing.

"The way they finished up in Super rugby we were unsure how they were going to turn up for international rugby....but they're humming and once they get that ball moving and they off load they're among the best in the world."

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