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All Blacks promise to give Pumas full respect

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James Mortimer     03 Sep 2013     Getty Images

While hardly underestimating the Pumas, clearly the visitors were buoyed by what some parties through was disrespect in not fielding a full strength team, holding the All Blacks to a 6-5 lead before paint was stripped off the sheds in half time, leading to the hosts scoring 15 unanswered points in the second half.

The 21-5 win was the best result for Argentina against the All Blacks in New Zealand.

This weekend, the stadium is different as will be the approach from the reigning title holders, as Hansen promises the team will turn up.

“It was this week last year we weren't really that happy with how we did things,” Hansen said.

“We didn't get the performance we wanted in Wellington (but) we're really looking at making sure we get it right this time.”

While the South Americans were beaten by a record margin at FNB Stadium, they lost by just five points in Mendoza as they turned their performance around.

“We know that the South Africans have beaten them twice obviously,” Hansen said.

“But the second time they really struggled and the Argentinians put them under a lot of pressure and it wasn't till late in the game with two penalties that they got home.

“So we know it will be physical and we know they will play for 80 so we're going to have to be right on our preparation and right mentally to produce the skill execution we're after.”