• Reuters


New Zealand is planning to confound Argentina’s best efforts in their Rugby Championship clash this weekend and maintain the high tempo that has taken its game to new heights this season.

The world champions will look to extend their latest winning streak to 14 tests at Hamilton on Saturday having swept Wales in a three-match June series and opened their Rugby Championship campaign with back-to-back wins over Australia.

Argentina has never beaten the All Blacks but has always proved an obdurate opponent and arrived in New Zealand on a high after securing only its second-ever victory over South Africa in its last outing.

“We do know that the Argentinians are one team that we often struggle to get really quick ball from,” All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster told reporters in Hamilton on Wednesday.

“And it’s clearly their objective to slow down everything we do. And when we’ve really struggled with them in the past is just moving their big bodies and their intention to slow everything down.

“So we’ve got to make sure we get that tempo going and that we can play our game, because otherwise it becomes a real bun fight.”

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