The All Blacks have their backs to the wall and must beat the Pumas in Newcastle on Saturday night to avoid their first three-match losing streak since 1998.
Coach Ian Foster sure is under the pump, with just two wins to show from his first five tests in charge of the national side.
However, a healthy win against Argentina won’t just ease the pressure, it might also be enough to win the Tri Nations.
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* All Blacks v Argentina: How it went so wrong for New Zealand in Sydney
* All Blacks v Argentina: Pumas coach Mario Ledesma – ‘we have been through hell’
* All Blacks vs Argentina: Sam Cane on ‘clinical’ week – ‘We’ve got an edge about us’
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kickoff: 9.45pm, Saturday (NZ time)
How to watch: Live on Sky Sport 1. Stuff’s live coverage starts from 9pm
NZ TAB odds: All Blacks $1.12 Argentina $6
Weather forecast at kickoff: 26 degrees Celsius, clear, light winds.
All Blacks: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane (c), Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Rieko Ioane, Will Jordan.
Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Ramiro Moyano, Juan Cruz Mallia, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Santiago Cordero, Nicolas Sanchez, Felipe Ezcurra, Facundo Isa, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Lucas Paulos, Guido Petti, Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya, Mayco Vivas. Reserves: Santiago Socino, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Lucio Sordoni, Matias Alemanno, Santiago Grondona, Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Carreras, Lucas Mensa
The big storylines
Prediction: All Blacks by 14. Discipline will be key against the Pumas, who have scored just one try in two matches and have relied on pivot Nicolas Sanchez to kick 35 of their 40 points in the Tri Nations. The All Blacks will be too good, if they cut the crap which doomed them in Sydney. (Robert van Royen)