ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday Sep 2, 2022

Argentina weren’t trying to win the game; they were just trying not to lose it - Aaron Smith

Senior All Black Aaron Smith has criticised Argentina’s approach to their game in Christchurch, saying the visitors “Were trying not lose”.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Argentina weren’t trying to win the game; they were just trying not to lose it. They used their defence for that, and we played into their hands.” Smith said.

Despite Smith’s assessment, Los Pumas went on to win the fixture picking up their first ever win in New Zealand and condemning the All Blacks to a third home loss in four outings this season.

The loss piled further pressure on the All Blacks playing group and coaching staff this week who are now in a position where a second loss to the Pumas would all but end their Rugby Championship defence.

Discussing how opposition teams are playing against them, Smith went on to say that their opponents are happier to play without the ball than with it.

“I think variety is key, but the mentality from our boys is to want to be able to hold the ball, build pressure and use our attack.”

“As we see with the north hemisphere teams and the teams so far in the Rugby Championship, they want to give us the ball.

ADVERTISEMENT

Echoing the sentiments of his coach, Smith accused the opposition of slowing the game down and ruining the sceptical.

“They don’t really want to play and they’re really attacking our breakdown.

“If you attack with the ball for long periods of time, you’re giving them opportunities and they’re taking them.”

“Because teams at the moment are going 2-3 phases and just kicking it, because that’s their tactic, and they try to punish us at the breakdown and that’s what the Argies did.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Smith and his All Black teammates have an opportunity to show that they have learnt from their previous loss again tomorrow as they once again take on Los Pumas at home.

Related Articles

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Emotional scenes as parents in shock to see...

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Michael Cheika digs at Foster

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby referees cop abuse online



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Controversial Etzebeth Incident Still Being Debated

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Juan Imhoff Takes Full Power Frans Steyn Kick To The Face

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Springbok Fans Left Reeling At Officiating Despite Convincing Win

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Bundee Aki Shown Red Following Ludicrous Challenge

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    The Latest Tuilagi Has Just Made His Top14 Debut And Is A MONSTER

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Harlequins fans furious at refereeing decision that gives Exeter the win

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Worcester name 41-year-old academy coach in tonight's premiership cup clash

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy refereeing decision leads to All Blacks win

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Speculation rife after apparent handshake snub in All Blacks coaching box

View All

Funnies

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    John Smit Shares Epic Bakkies Botha Story Highlighting Why Opponents Feared Him

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Heart-warming drop goal competition between Foster and Reece goes viral

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Hilarious Streaker Tries To Distract Sharp Shooting Goal Kicker

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Throwback To The Wildest Conversion In Rugby History

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    "I'd Beat Him" Quade Cooper Speaks Out On Potential Jake Paul Fight

View All

Amateur

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Joe Simmonds addresses lack of form in honest interview

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby great Eddie Butler sadly passes away

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Graham Rowntree reacts to missing out on 2003 world cup in fascinating video

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Official: Christian Wade signs for French club

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Etzebeth proves to be rugby's biggest thug once again

View All