All Blacks coach asks for more

Not content with crushing Australia to retain the Bledisloe Cup, New Zealand will be looking to sharpen their attack even further against Argentina this weekend.

Having beaten the Wallabies 27-19 and 22-0 to open their Rugby Championship campaign over the past two weeks, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen wants more ruthlessness from his side.

“I’d like to put quite a bit of polish on it,” Hansen said.

“I wasn’t that happy with our last performance. We played with great intensity and great purpose but we weren’t accurate and we need to be a lot more accurate if we want to be happy with our performance.”

The world champions, who coughed up several chances against Australia, are at full strength for the clash against the Pumas in Wellington on Saturday.

New Zealand beat Argentina 33-10 in the quarter-finals of last year’s World Cup but the scoreline slightly flattered the tournament winners who were troubled early on.

“I think they’re coming here to try and win this game as they did in the quarter-final,” said Hansen.

“They were bitterly disappointed at the end of that.

“They clearly thought they could win and we’ll be expecting them to come out and try and win the game. We will be doing our utmost to make sure we win.”

Argentina opened the Rugby Championship with a 27-6 loss to South Africa in Cape Town before holding the Springboks 16-16 in a forward0dominated contest in Mendoza last week.


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