Pumas dream of victory against All Blacks

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:10
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Argentina will draw on the positives from their loss to the All Blacks a few weeks ago when the two teams face off once again in Round Five of the Rugby Championship in Buenos Aires.

The Pumas went down 22-57 to New Zealand in Hamilton in Round Three, but the home side did not have it all their own way during the 80 minutes as the scoreline might suggest.

Argentina were in the game for much of the first half before a second-half surge from the All Blacks knocked the wind out of the Pumas' sails.

"The All Blacks are the best and they showed it in the last game," said centre Matias Moroni.

"I hope that the fact that we are playing at home will help us build on those good minutes we had in Hamilton and hopefully continue throughout this match."

Argentina are coming off a 20-36 loss at the hands of Australia in Round Four and Moroni believes they have to improve their concentration levels throughout the 80 minutes when they come up against the world's best teams.

"The tour left a bitter taste, especially after the game with Australia when we could not play our game," Moroni added 

"We are trying to get comfortable with our game again and we also focussed on the importance of concentration.

"When you face the best teams one is usually more focused. We want a perfect match and concentration will be a key."

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