All Blacks focused on maul defence

Date published: September 16 2015

New Zealand haven't forgotten about the two maul tries they conceded to Argentina in July ahead of their World Cup opener on Sunday.

The All Blacks begin the defence of their title against the Pumas at Wembley, with top spot in Pool C likely on the line.

The last time the sides met, New Zealand won comfortably, 39-18, but Argentina skipper Agustin Creevy scored two late tries from rolling mauls, much to the displeasure of coach Steve Hansen.

Luke Romano started in the second row for the All Blacks during the win in Christchurch, and explained that the team are very focused in avoiding a repeat scenario.

"Obviously, set-piece defence is a big cornerstone of our game, something that we pride ourselves on," he said. 

"So after their couple of driving tries against us in Christchurch, we visited that area and looked to correct the areas where we felt we let ourselves down.

"That’s the reality of the modern game now; a lot more teams are using the rolling maul and you have to combat it.

"We pride ourselves on being able to stop those type of things so for it to happen twice in one game, your pride does take a little bit of a dent but it’s how you bounce back from that.

"Hopefully, come Sunday we’ll be able to stop them."