McCaw expects improved ABs showing

Date published: July 16 2015

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw believes his side will bounce back with an improved performance in Friday's Rugby Championship opener against Argentina.

The world champions battled to a 25-16 victory over Samoa in Apia last week and McCaw said he didn't have to use harsh words to motivate his troops ahead of this weekend's clash in Christchurch.

"I didn't need to say too much," he said.

"Most of the boys that were out there realised that standard going forward isn't going to be good enough but you can't get yourself in too much of a hole over it.

"There's probably some reasons for it. The key is to get some learnings from it and make sure that the things we got wrong, we don't this week.

"That's what being in this team is all about – learning fast, and we have to make sure we do that. The expectation is that we improve."

The 138-Test veteran said being more dominant in the forward exchanges and reducing their error rate would be the All Blacks' main priorities against los Pumas.

"The heart of the Argentinian team is getting their set-piece right and they are big men," added McCaw. 

"The last couple of years it has been a big challenge for the men up front and our boys are well aware of that. So there is a wee bit of edge there from ours and hopefully we are better than what they bring.

"The learnings we got from that first hit-out, hopefully we have fixed that. I would like to think it is going to be better, absolutely. 

"In that first week a few of us hadn't played for a bit and coming back in we were thinking a bit much rather than just playing. Hopefully having an extra week will help that and the boys can do the job well."