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Read wants All Blacks to make offshore statement

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Lynn McConnell     30 Sep 2017     Getty Images

Captain, and No.8, Kieran Read said they knew the reward if they did win but the pressure was more on the game itself with the challenge the Pumas presented on home turf and against an All Blacks side without some of its experienced core.

Read said the game was about the All Blacks going on tour and wanting to make a statement. Apart from the Championship opener against Australia it was the side's first big away game of the year and he was looking forward to it.

It was more of a challenge with key members of the leadership group back in New Zealand, but Read felt the players who had stepped into their roles had done a fantastic job.

"We've got a team who are prepared to put everything on the line and no matter who is in that position on the field they will go and do their job," he said.

The Pumas were well balanced and had the capacity to be aggressive.

"They'll attack us from anywhere with their backs. We've just got to be on our game. They'll attack us physically up front. If we're just off, or not quite giving them the respect that they deserve we could be in for a long day."

The return of Juan Manuel Leguizamon would heighten Read's own game as he was a long-time adversary who put his body on the line week after week and he said it was good to see him back in action.

Read said he was looking forward to playing in front of the Argentine crowd. The noise factor at the stadium could be intimidating on the first occasion it was experienced but for him it was part of the experience of playing around the world at different venues.

"From our point of view if we can dictate on the scoreboard and on the field it quietens the crowd down a little bit but we'll just adapt to what happens," he said.

Adaptation was also likely to be a factor with the match conditions as rain is forecast for the game.