Pumas eye All Blacks scalp

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    08 Sep 2016     Getty Images

Having been in New Zealand since Sunday, the Argentinians based themselves in Auckland to acclimatise and get their body clocks in shape as they prepare to play their first Test in New Zealand since their exposure to the New Zealand game was increased as a result of their involvement in Super Rugby.


No.8 Facundo Isa, who has 14 Test caps, said he was looking forward to the chance to play the All Blacks. The side had worked hard in their build-up to the game, they trusted their game plan and they wanted to see it succeed.

"Super Rugby gave us experience which was important to many of us to confront the different styles in different countries and gave us awareness of another pace of play and helped develop confidence.

"The team matured a lot, and that inspires us to beat New Zealand," he said on the Pumas website.

Facundo added: "New Zealand comes from beating Australia by wide margins and that is a little scary but when analysing the games they played, we saw that the Wallabies made errors and showed some indiscipline that cost them the game.

"We have to respect New Zealand but play them with the same enthusiasm with which we played in South Africa," he said.

Lock Matias Alemanno, who has 20 Test appearances including two against the All Blacks in 2014, said: "We know that we will play against the best team in the world, but we are also aware of the conditions we have and if we prepare the party to perfection we can get a good result.

"Success with South Africa gave us a lot of confidence. After that game we realised that if you do things right and are focused, we can perform at a high level.

"We must prepare for the match in the best way. All teams have weaknesses and New Zealand is no exception. We know they are a great team and that they make almost no mistakes and that is why we are working on those little things that can help us to break their defences," he said.