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The two veteran hookers with contrasting styles of play will both be key figures on the weekend. Creevy always has a large involvement with strong ball carries close to the ruck and the ability to be a nuisance at the breakdown.
His presence and experience is always missed when the routine substitutions are made early in the second half. The Pumas are a better team when is on the field.
After missing a large amount of the international season last year due to injury, Dane Coles will be firing to get regular Test match rugby again.
The dynamic hooker offers great speed and mobility around the field and will challenge the Argentine defence if he is able to roam free. Coles will be an experienced head in what is a relatively new forward pack for the All Blacks for this Test.
2. The lineout
The Puma duo of Guido Petti Pagadizaval and Tomas Lavanini were key components in disrupting opposition lineout ball in Super Rugby. Their brilliant defensive reads for the Jaguares against the Brumbies was a major influence in advancing to the Super Rugby final.
Petti Pagadizaval led lineout steals with 11 during the Super Rugby season. Both locks are also prominent in general play. Lavanini shows great physicality (when it is done within the rules).
Petti is a great athlete with his long strides can make effective line breaks.
There will be a big ask on the world-class Brodie Retallick due to not having his long time locking companion Sam Whitelock with him for this test.
Retallick will need to shoulder more responsibility in the lineout as the senior second rower. Having Vaea Fifita at blindside flanker gives the All Blacks an athletic lineout option. Fifita took 43 lineouts during Super Rugby season.
3. Pablo Matera versus Ardie Savea
These two exceptional loose forwards may not directly mark each other on the weekend but expect both to have a large influence on this game. Both players can easily put a case up as the best player in Super Rugby this year.
Puma skipper Matera was named man of the match in the Super Rugby final for his ability to making large runs with ball in hand and quality work on defence. Matera showed his complete array of skills with 34 tackle busts, 18 offloads and 492 kick metres this year in Super Rugby.
Savea will start at number eight as he did against the Pumas in 2018. His acceleration off the base of the scrum and ability to make metres in contact will be important for the All Blacks to play with front foot ball.