New Zealand excited about Argentina challenge - Brad Mooar

New Zealand have won both their matches in the Rugby Championship until now
New Zealand have won both their matches in the Rugby Championship until now

New Zealand assistant coach Brad Mooar said the team is excited about the prospect of facing Argentina in the third and fourth rounds of the Rugby Championship.

The Pumas stretched the All Blacks during the last year's competition as they sealed a 25-15 win in Sydney riding on a dominant performance from Nicolas Sanchez before Ian Foster's men blanked Argentina with a 38-0 victory in the next game in Newcastle.

Argentina also had back to back draws against the Wallabies last year before securing a 1-1 series draw in the three-match series against Wales in July series earlier this year.

With the two teams set to lock horns with each other in the next two rounds on 12th and 18th September at Cbus Super Stadium and Suncorp Stadium respectively, Mooar is wary of the threat from Argentina.

"It's great to be playing another challenging opponent here. We're really excited about the week ahead and the game on Sunday and the challenge that the Pumas present," he told the All Blacks official website.

"That's a great thing for us to go into this game with having two games with quite different results and performances," he said.

"We're confident with how we prepare this side, we're in a good place, we've had great start to the tour and are looking forward to putting the finishing touches on our preparation, getting to Queensland and the Gold Coast and having another outstanding competitive game on Sunday."

New Zealand hold the top place in the Rugby Championship table with back to back wins over Australia at Eden Park and Perth while Argentina are at third.