Argentina aiming to end drought

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Argentina are aiming to beat the All Blacks for the first time in 30 years when the sides clash in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Argentina have beaten all top rugby sides besides the world champions, coming closest in a 21-21 draw in 1985.

New Zealand can retain the Rugby Championship by defeating the Pumas before their final test in South Africa next week. They have 19 points, The Springboks have 11, 8 for Australia and none for Argentina.

”I think fatigue is what leads to our performance diminishing a bit and our game becoming a bit disorganised,” Pumas lock Marcos Kremer told Reuters.

“We need to stick to our game system to the last minute, which is what I think we don’t do, because 10 to 15 minutes from the end we start to lose it and the result escapes us.”

Prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro said man marking the All Blacks has been an important part of Argentina’s training this week. 

“We’ve been focusing on defence, on having one against one because we believe that will be key,” he said.

Assistant All Blacks coach Ian Foster also spoke to Reuters.

“It’s all part of being involved in the All Blacks, there’s a legacy we’ve got to look up to and we’re playing a team that’s a very proud rugby nation in their own right,” Foster told reporters.

“They’ve had some great victories over nearly every other team and I guess they are passionate about trying to beat us.

“We don’t go out there with the fear of having to defend that (unbeaten record), it’s more the excitement of us playing as good as we can and that’s our goal on Saturday.”