All Blacks expecting physical, angry South African side in Rugby Championship clash

All Blacks expecting physical, angry South African side in Rugby Championship clash

All Blacks expecting physical, angry South African side in Rugby Championship clash

Everything appeared to be going Argentina's way when Barrett was sin-binned and Sanchez put them seven points clear, but the 14-man All Blacks drew level through Vaea Fifita's converted score.

"We've got some pretty quick loosies in this team, but that was just awesome to see him go out and take his opportunity like that", said All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty.

"I think that's indicative of 9 and 10, the same two pivots as the Lions (Johannesburg based Super Rugby franchise)".

But they were made to struggle for long periods by a Pumas side determined to prove they still belong among the leading rugby nations.

"We've come off a great year last year, and we've come into this year and it's not flowing as easy for us and we're having to work at it, and it's probably what we need".

"This Test match will be a special occasion and one we are all looking forward to very much". "I'm really pleased with the way the boys stuck at it".

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"We had moments where we had to battle and think through stuff that didn't come easy for us", the 58-year-old New Zealander said.

"Our message at halftime was to stay on task because we were doing a good job, but we only kept it up for another 20 minutes instead of 40".

The resurgence of South African rugby hasn't gone unnoticed by the All Blacks according to Crotty.

"We have played exceptionally well in patches in Test matches this year but what we are really focussing on is Monday to Friday, nailing that and then that is what gets you your eighty minute performances".

All Blacks winger Nehe Milner-Skudder, back in the side after nearly two years of injury woes, centre Leinert-Brown and winger Israel Dagg all scored first half tries for the home side, but Barrett missed all three conversions.

"The tempo of the All Blacks killed us a bit in the last minutes", said Pumas and ACT Brumbies scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli, who returns to the Australian capital for the test against the Wallabies next week.

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