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32 points in the first half, 22 in the second and seven tries – five coming from the wingmen Julian Savea and Cory Jane – enabled the All Blacks to wrap up The Investec Rugby Championship with a match to play.
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said the team had observed a Pumas team that was continuing to improve.
“We’re certainly not expecting last year’s game,” Foster said.
“You look at what they have done in the last two to three weeks, it shows their growth.”
While the All Blacks won 28-13 at Waikato Stadium earlier this year, it was a match that the Pumas tightened up proceedings considerably, and while Aaron Smith might have haunted them with two tries, the forward exchanges were not clear cut.
Defensively, the World Champions remarked that the Pumas were arguably the toughest side in the game.
“They are very tough to break down,” Foster said.
“For us this is a real and tough Test match.”
Foster said the All Blacks had noted how the Pumas had responded to South Africa, heavily beaten in the opening match before coming back to respond in Mendoza.
“The way they responded in that second game against South Africa (was notable),” he said.
“The way the hit the road and had two very good performances, they will come home with a big statement to make.”