Pumas say only perfection will beat AllBlacks

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James Mortimer     09 Sep 2012     Getty Images

The World Champion All Blacks, number one in the world and undefeated since beating France in the final last year, will host The Investec Rugby Championship new boys in what will be their toughest test so far.

Lobbe, the inspirational number eight who was missing last time the teams played, asked for nothing less than a perfect performance.

"We have to try to maintain the initiative, try to attack the game from the first minute and do that during 80 minutes," he said.

"We will need to be perfect in defence. We will need to be perfect in attack. I think the word for tomorrow is try to be perfect on everything you do and give your best and everything you have. Get out of that field empty."

While their attack still has some question marks over it, Lobbe's comments were in direct reference to the last time the Pumas faced the All Blacks - where they were not quite able to put in a 80 minute performance.

A harsh critic might say they only put in a 67 minute performance, which was how long they kept the All Blacks scoreless until Kieran Read crossed the line, while their 'perfection' in defence is arguably their greatest strength outside of their forward prowess.

Argentina lost 27-6 to South Africa in Cape Town, before pulling off their greatest ever result against the Springboks, drawing 16-16 in Mendoza two weeks ago.

Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry has spent time with the Pumas this weekend, and the partyline coming out of the camp is for the South Americans to constantly improve according to coach Santiago Phelan.

"What we want to try is improve playing with the ball," he said.

"We want our attack systems to continue with our decisions in defence and to keep on developing players at this level to play with the intensity that New Zealand, Australia and South Africa play."