Loose forward Victor Vito is hoping to use Saturday's Test against Argentina as an opportunity to stake a claim on the All Blacks blindside berth.
Since the departure of Jerome Kaino, Vito, Adam Thomson and Liam Messam have been competing for the black number six jumper and with the Pumas loose trio in blistering form, Vito is eager to show what he is capable of.
"I try to stay quite level-headed really, and if anything it's about being a cold-blooded hunter rather than a hot-headed one who's probably going to do the wrong move but might get a good hit on someone," the Hurricanes loose forward told Fairfax NZ News.
"Liam's set a really good bar with the physicality, along with all the other loosies as well. I really don't want to be the one who's left behind there. If anything, I want to take the yardstick out a bit further."