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Pumas look to improve attack

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Sportal.co.nz     02 Sep 2013     Getty Images

While the forward play of Los Pumas has been the cornerstone of their advance in world rugby it hasn't been enough for the side to claim regular victories over the traditional top nations in the game.

Last year in their debut in the Investec Rugby Championship, the Argentinians caused plenty of problems for the All Blacks with the alignment of their backline before winning 21-5 in the first Test at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

But by the return match at La Plata, the All Blacks had their measure and won 54-15.

Halfback Martin Landajo said in Auckland that while defence and forward play were strengths of Argentina's game that wasn't enough to win in modern rugby.

"We can't defend for 80 minutes," he said.

Under former All Blacks coach Graham Henry, who is an advisor to the side, the Pumas are looking to use the ball better.

"He doesn't want us to kick just because we don't know what to do with the ball. He wants us to kick as a part of the attack," Landajo said.

The Pumas lost their first two games of the Championship to South Africa losing 13-73 in the first and 17-22 in the second.

However, the improved second Test featured some niggly incidents and loose forward Leonardo Senatore received a nine-week ban for biting.

But the side has welcomed inspirational captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe who had been suffering a calf injury.