Argentina make concentration a goal

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    28 Sep 2016     Getty Images

Having put in such a strong showing against the All Blacks in Hamilton for the first 50 minutes of their game a week earlier, Argentina were slow to start against Australia in Perth and conceded three early tries leaving them to play a catch-up game.

They had been expected to do much better after putting so much pressure on the All Blacks.

Centre Matias Moroni said on the Argentine Rugby website: "The tour left a bitter taste, especially after the game with Australia, where we could not play the game we had wanted to play and lost badly."

But they had put that disappointment behind them and were feeling comfortable in their preparation and looking forward to the game.

One of their main areas of preparation would be focusing on the importance of concentration.

"When you face the best rivals one is usually more focused and concentrated. We want to make a perfect match and to achieve that concentration will be a key issue," he said.

"The All Blacks are the best and they showed it in the last game. We hope the fact that we are playing at home and with the support of our people will help us ensure those good minutes we had in Hamilton will continue throughout the match."

Loose forward Facundo Isa said the side had started the week with their review of their tour to Oceania, and especially their loss to Australia.

"We must take this week seriously, and do all the things the coaches ask us to do and to immerse ourselves in the preparation for what will be a very difficult game.

"You have to work hard and take the positives out of our Tests against New Zealand and Australia into Saturday's game in the best way.

"We have the opportunity to play at home in front of our fans who want to see us do well so we must use that energy and enjoy the occasion," he said.