Niggle won’t rile Coles

Date published: September 8 2016

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New Zealand hooker Dane Coles has stressed he will be keeping his cool even if Argentina look to unsettle him in their clash on Saturday.

The Rugby Championship fixture in Hamilton will see two Test outfits enter on the back of respective victories as the All Blacks beat the Wallabies while the Pumas edged the Springboks before the competition took a break, with the world champions sitting pretty on 10 points.

Australia tried to ruffle New Zealand’s feathers in the recent game and if Argentina do the same, Coles revealed they will remain calm.

“We go out there to play, not bring niggle. There could be a bit of chat but we are looking to play a bit of footy,” the hooker told Stuff.

“They might see that as a way to get into us but we have probably learnt a lesson from that Aussie test to get on with it quicker and play footy. If they bring that we have got to adapt.”

He added: “I learnt a good lesson last week and probably got a bit fired up and carried on a bit much. I play with an edge but I always go out there to play footy.

“I won’t back down and I’m pretty sure they won’t back down. They’ve got a pretty good world-class hooker in [Agustín] Creevy so I’m looking forward to the battle there.”

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