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Vito aware of his chance at home

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Sportal.co.nz     08 Sep 2012     Getty Images

It's a home town appearance for Vito, but it wouldn't matter where the game was, the opportunity was the same.

It was a fact that competition for places in the side was what made the All Blacks the No.1 side in the world.

"You can be going pretty good but always nipping at your heels is another guy and I think that is only healthy for the loose forwards and any position in the All Blacks," he said.

He said it was always nice to get a home start. "It's going to be an opportunity but one I definitely have to take because the other guy who has filled the jersey [Liam Messam] in the last couple of weeks has looked really good. Liam has taken his chances so hopefully I can do the same and do the jersey proud," he said.

The physicality Messam had displayed had set the bar for others to attempt to improve on.

The expected wet weather conditions could stymie the chance for running rugby but the forward exchanges were always where it was going to be but not being prepared would be dangerous because the Pumas may want to throw the ball around.

His only experience of the Argentinians was a few moments toward the end of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final last year and by that time the game had loosened up significantly as the All Blacks took control.

"If anything it is going to be quite different starting up against them, they're quite a passionate side and quite big forwards as well so it's going to be quite a physical battle."

With the chance he had coming on later against Australia in Auckland a fortnight ago, Vito felt he handled his opportunity well despite getting only 15-20 minutes.

"But I guess you really want to try and impress yourself over a whole game and I guess that's the chance I've been given this weekend. We're all our own players and, of course, Jerome [Kaino] was a massive stalwart for us but we've got to try and fill our own boots and start our own legacy really," he said.

Lineouts were also likely to be a factor given the Argentinian ability in that quarter and Vito said some extra work had been done by the All Blacks in that regard.

"We've just got to focus on us and make sure we are not lazy on defence and get people up early so it makes it a bit harder for the hookers," he said.