All Blacks ready for new challenge from the Pumas - Mooar

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The side travels to Brisbane on Friday after completing their soft quarantine in Perth.

Backs coach Brad Mooar was pleased with the outcome of the judicial process surrounding fullback Jordie Barrett's red card and the hearing the All Blacks' defence received.

He was confident that technical issues in Barrett's actions were not the issue and it had been as a result of the mistiming of his jump. They would continue to practice their ball in the air work in the same manner as always.

It had been a lesson for Barrett who suffered the experience of being red-carded while playing for the All Blacks but there was also relief in the tribunal's decision.

It was also a relief not to have to deal with a suspension being involved, and the strain that would have put on the side in not being able to call in a replacement at short notice.

He said injured players, hooker Codie Taylor and captain and No.8 Ardie Savea were both recovering from their head knocks well and were asymptomatic and ticking all the right boxes while going through their respective protocols.

Attention had turned to the next game for the side, against Argentina, who achieved their first Test win over the All Blacks last year 15-25 before the All Blacks responded with a 38-0 win in the second.

"It's great to be playing another challenging opponent here. We're really excited about the week ahead and the game on Sunday and the challenge that the Pumas present," he said.

Because of the nature of the two games they had last year, there was no chance of being surprised by the power, attitude and their ability.

"That's a great thing for us to go into this game with having two games with quite different results and performances," he said.

"We're confident with how we prepare this side, we're in a good place, we've had great start to the tour and are looking forward to putting the finishing touches on our preparation, getting to Queensland and the Gold Coast and having another outstanding competitive game on Sunday."

Mooar said they were pleased with the performance against Australia and he felt the play seen in TJ Perenara's set-up play for George Bridge's try reflected the growing confidence in the side's play. Both players had been composed in seizing the try-scoring chance.


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