Hourcade has aces up his sleeve

Date published: September 19 2015

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Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade is under no illusions about the enormity of the task that lies ahead of his team on Sunday, but will take solace from the fact that his team breached the opposition defence twice when they last played against New Zealand.

Hourcade said that while New Zealand was a formidable team, there were one or two chinks in their armour and his Pumas players are going to make a concerted effort to exploit those if they can.

"The maul is one of the many options we have and we are trying to develop to hurt the All Blacks," he told journalists ahead of the fixture. 

The New Zealand management has even acknowledged that it was not comfortable when defending the rolling maul in the past and that is where Argentina will look to strike this weekend.

The Pumas are known for their formidable forward pack and the rugby fraternity can expect it to create some problems for the All Blacks.

"We know the All Blacks are the best team in the world but we are going out to try to win," said Hourcade.

"We all have weaknesses and you have to analyze and detect them. But to break the (All Blacks) we must have perfection, tactics with almost surgical precision."

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