New Plymouth - All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett expects a tough challenge
from Argentina when the sides face off in New Plymouth on Saturday.
Barrett said he had been keeping an eye on los Pumas in
their games against South Africa and noted they had been playing some good
rugby although they lost both those Tests.
"They're a top quality side, they bring plenty of
physicality, plenty of skill, a strong off-loading game so we're expecting a
strong team on Saturday," he told the All Blacks' official website.
"We have a fair idea of what they are going to bring on
Saturday but we can only assume and just wait and see."
At the same time the All Blacks hadn't been happy with their
play in the early stages against Australia and wanted to improve their core
roles and skill execution.
"We can't go into a hole with our attacking game when
we make two defensive errors," added Barrett.
"It's about expressing ourselves and identifying that
on the field and not having to shut up shop. We're encouraged to keep playing
footy and identify what exactly is going wrong," he said.
Barrett had extra challenges to cope with in being back on
home turf. It will be the second Test Barrett has played in New Plymouth but he
was concentrating on getting his preparation right and having the necessary
"You have to fend a few people off," he said.
"I would like to see everyone in the 'naki, friends and
family come first and whilst it's great and I get a lot of energy off the
people here, they're great supporters, I have to focus on playing a bit of