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Pumas back themselves for shock NZ win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/09/2016 Angelo Risso

Ryan Crotty of the All Blacks passes during the New Zealand All Blacks training session at Waikato Stadium. © Phil Walter/Getty Images Ryan Crotty of the All Blacks passes during the New Zealand All Blacks training session at Waikato Stadium. Los Pumas are renowned for their powerful rolling maul but skipper Agustin Creevy says his side will have plenty of other party pieces for the All Blacks on Saturday.

Creevy bagged two tries in quick succession from rolling mauls in last year's Rugby Championship loss to the All Blacks in Christchurch, and knew it was a weapon his side could re-deploy.

But they would also need to get everything else perfect to have even a slim chance of victory.

"We know it's an important thing in our game but we're not putting too much focus on that," the 31-year-old hooker said.

The trick to a good rolling maul, according to Creevy, was nailing a perfect lineout.

Then the team could get on the front foot and push towards the tryline.

"We know it's an important weapon if we do it well," Creevy said.

Los Pumas arrive in New Zealand after edging out the Springboks in Salta two weeks ago, something Creevy said had filled the side with confidence.

However Saturday would be different proposition entirely, with Argentina failing to beat the world champions in 22 attempts.

Head coach Daniel Hourcade said his team would do all they could to find the chink in the All Blacks' armour and claim their first victory.

"We have to do everything right to look for those weaknesses during the match," Hourcade said.

"We'll have to play the full 80 minutes at 100 per cent."

Creevy's Jaguares outfit have just concluded their maiden Super Rugby campaign, winning four of their 15 competition games.

Although the results were disappointing, Creevy said the process had helped acclimatise the side to top-level rugby.

Hourcade agreed, saying the competition had given Los Pumas strength in depth.

"In Super Rugby you have the option to rotate the team to give more time to those that don't play for the Pumas, and give them some international matches," Hourcade said.

Opposing hooker Dane Coles was effusive in his praise of Creevy on Wednesday, labelling him a world-class adversary.

He knew Creevy would not back down from any challenge, and said his side had been preparing for Los Pumas' driving scrums and mauls.

"I'm looking forward to the battle against him, he's one of the best in the world," Coles said.

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