Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell has warned South Africans the New Zealanders will be ready for their return Test in Cape Town and still had plenty to work on in their match preparation.
British & Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien rocked the rugby boat with his criticism of the coaching of the side in New Zealand earlier this year, but his claims have been described as 'bordering on sporting insanity'.
Counties Manukau lifted themselves from the bottom of the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership table while Bay of Plenty rose to third on the Championship ladder after their 31-31 draw in Tauranga on Sunday.
All Blacks first five-eighths Beauden Barrett didn't know until Thursday evening that he would be travelling to Buenos Aires but he was ready to answer the call and join the side before they flew out on Friday evening.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen preferred to look at the absence of world-ranked locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock from next weekend's Test against Argentina as an opportunity more than a risk.