All Blacks settle in for Argentina's challenge

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Lynn McConnell     25 Sep 2016     Getty Images

Lock Sam Whitelock said in Argentina on Sunday (NZT) the All Blacks were aware of South Africa losing their recent Test in Argentina while the last time the All Blacks played against Argentina at home it had been a pretty tight game, especially in the first 50 minutes.


"Making sure we don't get tripped us is a massive thing for us as individuals and a team so there's heaps to play for and the boys are excited by it," he said.

They were aware of their winning streak and the chance to break the world record for consecutive wins, however, that could all stop if they didn't get their preparation right this week. They didn't look any further ahead than the next game, Whitelock said.

"It's a big flight but we've come over a couple of days earlier so we're going to get a normal week in which will be great so we've got a couple of days to adjust to the time zones. The beauty about it is a number of the boys have been here before for the All Blacks or Super Rugby so they know what's involved.

"It allows you as a team to get a little extra time together, especially coming off a bye week," he said.

Whitelock said it was quite an intensive part of the season ahead of the side with a lot of travel involved and training Nick Gill had been giving them fitness work that was hard work in the weeks off. It meant the preparation could be worked in with the travel.

"The main thing I've learnt in the last few years is that there are a few little tricks that help you get to sleep right and working hard when you're away," he said.

A pilot had told him to never look at his phone when he was in bed, just to set his alarm and not keep thinking about how much sleep he hadn't had. And if necessary just lie in bed and try to go back to sleep.

Hooker Codie Taylor is on his first visit to Argentina and had made the most of a chance to get out for a walk and stretch his legs while also getting some sun on the first morning in Buenos Aires.