All Blacks expect attacking Pumas

Date published: September 24 2014

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster is expecting Argentina to bring the game to his side in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash in La Plata.

Los Pumas have been in impressive form under new coach Daniel Hourcade, playing with renewed ambition as they look to elvolve form the one-dimensional style that has characterised their past.

Having come desperately close to upsetting the Springboks in Salta, and with warm weather and dry track predicted, this weekend should see the south Americans throw the kitchen sink at claiming their first win in the tournament.

“The most significant change has been their attacking attitude,” said Foster.

“He [Daniel Hourcade] seems to have grown a belief that they can play from different parts of the field.

“They look to me that they have had a mind shift and now want to trust themselves to give the ball air. It’s a learning curve – we’ve been through that.

”When you start risking it comes with a bit of pain at times, but the rewards are great if you persevere.”

The All Blacks too are keen for dry conditions as they look to wrap up the Championship title with a round to spare.

“We’d love to have those (dry) conditions because rain has been following us around unfortunately,” added Foster.

“I’m sure both teams would love to play on a dry day and there’s no better place to play in terms of an environment than La Plata.”