Argentina ready for All Blacks' challenge

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Lynn McConnell     06 Sep 2018     Getty Images

Fresh from a win over South Africa, the Pumas are looking to continue the progress they believe they have made under new coach Mario Ledesma, who was appointed after the previous coaching group resigned after the June Test window.


Wing/fullback Ramiro Moyano said the side had recovered well from their travel after arriving on Friday in Auckland where they were based until Thursday.

He told "It was good for us to be here several days before the match to adapt better. The group felt good from the start of the week, we were already recovered and we adapted to the schedule change with some good training.

"We know a very tough game is coming. We know their ranking in the world and to face them is always a privilege," he said.

It has already been an historic year for the Argentine game. They won their first Investec Super Rugby games in New Zealand when beating the Blues and the Chiefs and they qualified for the playoffs for the first time.

Their win over South Africa in Mendoza in the last round of the Championship was their fourth, their third against South Africa, while they have one win against Australia.
"The victory against South Africa helped a lot because it gave us a lot of confidence to win and see that what we are doing is paying off.

"We have to keep trusting our game plan and try not to make mistakes. That is where the All Blacks are able to make a difference," he said.

Number eight Javier Ortega Desio said while they had played well to beat the Springboks there were still aspects of their game needing improvement.

"We had several opportunities that we did not take advantage of and if we had taken them we would have been even more pleased.

"But we won and that is what we were looking for," he said.

"We have the talent and capacity to succeed and that's why confidence grows to try things when we do what we say we're going to do," he said.

However, the lesson against all teams was to be prepared.

"We put a lot of work into the South Africa game. And now our next step is to face the All Blacks, who are the best team in the world. We have to start from here, we cannot allow our level to drop below what we achieved against the Springboks.

"I think that win showed that we could adapt against a complicated opponent," he said.