Acknowledging the increased confidence of Argentina and remembering the tight contests against them in recent seasons are key factors in the All Blacks preparation for Sunday's (NZT) Investec Rugby Championship Test in Buenos Aires.
Winning the tightest of Investec Super Rugby semifinals 30-26 over a Hurricanes team who refused to lie down, the Crusaders won the right to play and win their third consecutive final against the Jaguares in Christchurch next week.
Putting a hurdle in front of the Crusaders' track to a third Investec Super Rugby title on consecutive seasons was easier said than done but the Hurricanes intend to give it a go in their semifinal in Christchurch on Saturday.
Hurricanes flanker Ardie Savea pulled off another of his specialist turnovers at the death to allow his side to advance to the Investec Super Rugby semifinals after beating the Bulls 35–28 in a thriller at Westpac Stadium.
Valuable game time for key members of the Hurricanes squad ahead of next week's Investec Super Rugby playoffs have resulted in nine changes to the side for Saturday's game with the Blues at Westpac Stadium.
Making their 100th appearance as a halfback-first five-eighths combination for the Hurricanes, TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett will have a key role in attempting to beat the Lions and ensuring a home Investec Super Rugby playoff game.
Hurricanes fans may have been relieved to see their side turn on their attacking best against the Chiefs at the weekend but the team camp are remaining focused on continuing improvement ahead of their Investec Super Rugby game with the Rebels on Saturday.
Searching for a level of quality that has so far proved elusive in the Investec Super Rugby season to date, the Hurricanes are looking to the excitement of playing at home to be a motivating factor against the Chiefs on Saturday at Westpac Stadium.