Argentina hooker Eusebio Guiñazú says the Pumas won't be lacking in confidence ahead of tomorrow night's test against the All Blacks in Wellington.
The All Blacks have never lost to Argentina, but the visitors were in bullish mood ahead of tomorrow night's test at the Cake Tin and if there is one thing that their coaching advisor, Graham Henry, had instilled in them it is not to fear the men in black, One area of the game where Argentina should at least get parity is at scrum time and Guiñazú says he'd like to think the Pumas can compete with the world champions in this set piece.
"They have a very good scrum, they have a front row that has a lot of experience and have been playing together for a while," said Guiñazú.
"So they know each other well and that's a very important point at scrum time.
"But we know that we have a big and long culture of scrummaging, so it's going to be a tough point in the game and I hope we do well, we've studied them and we know how they scrum."
Another part of the game where Argentina could be competitive is at the breakdown.
"They have a very dynamic game and they play a lot with the ball in contact, so it's important for us to have a good defence, like we've been doing," said Guiñazú.
"We defended well against South Africa, but you can't win games just defending and especially against the All Blacks.
"To defend for 80 minutes is impossible, so we need to defend and we need to score points and that's our mindset right now.
"Scoring is the only way to win games, so that's what we shall do."
There was little expectation of the Pumas before the Rugby Championship started, but their draw against the Springboks in Argentina two weeks ago showed that they're not going to be the competition's easy beats as Scotland and Italy continually are in the Six Nations.
"We know we played well against South Africa, but we also know that this won't be enough against the All Blacks and Australia next week," said Guiñazú.
"This is our first year in the competition and it's all about learning.
"It's going to be a tough first year for us, but we're here to learn the best and improve our structure.
"We will have good results for Argentinian rugby in two or three year's time, but obviously we're here to play now and we want to win, so we're looking forward to making it a big game.
"We're all professional rugby players now, but who grew up with the amateur spirit. So we play with a lot of heart and we're a group of friends.
"We try to be physical because rugby is physical and that's the only way to play and to be positive in the game."
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