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AllBlacks may have keys to Pumas defence

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James Mortimer     29 Sep 2012     Getty Images

Julian Savea and Cory Jane scored the tries to give the All Blacks the 21-5 win, a similar tale to the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, where only late scores by Kieran Read and Brad Thorn flattered the scoreline.

The big difference this time around is Dan Carter, who had observed how the Argentine defensive ploy worked.

"They present a few opportunities for us but they tend to cover those extremely well," he said.

"You almost have to earn the right to attack against them and be extremely physical with the ball in hand but also really smart. They like to slide and push you to the sidelines."

"We have to make sure we do the fundamentals well, catch and pass and run straight."

Cruden is demoted to the bench, but the other recognised brain of the backline, Conrad Smith, said the All Blacks welcomed Carter's return.

"Playing over here in what we expect to be a pretty hostile environment, just having his (Carter) cool head is going to be big for us and we'll rely on him directing us around the field and not get too flustered if things don't work out or we get put under a bit of pressure which should be the case," he said.

The Estadio Ciudad de La Plata is a new ground for the All Blacks, but how familiar the visitors are with the home team's tackling style could be the difference.

"We looked at it the last time we played them but it's a different thing to experience it ourselves," Smith said.

"I think as players we understand it a lot better now. That's the big difference, and we've trained for it a lot better, having had that experience."