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Richie McCaw reflects on early wake-up call

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw looks back on his team's Rugby Championship opener as the key to their recent success.

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The all-conquering All Blacks could clinch the championship with a bonus-point win over Argentina in La Plata on Saturday.

McCaw, who will equal the legendary Colin Meads' record of 133 games for New Zealand, said drawing against Australia in August had inspired the All Blacks.

"Firstly, I think we got a wake up in the first game against the Wallabies when we drew. They certainly kept their feet on the ground and made us look at all the little things that we needed to get right," he said.

"I guess that's hardened the resolve because we knew we had given them the chance and whatever but I think our performance has been reasonably good considering the conditions we've had to deal with and stuff.

"But give ourselves the chance, we don't want to waste the opportunity tomorrow, we've had a pretty good week's preparation and we need to perform well tomorrow."

Argentina are still searching for their first ever Rugby Championship win, but have been competitive in this year's edition.

All Blacks full-back Israel Dagg said he believes the Pumas are closing in on a first victory.

"They have been playing [in the tournament] for the past three years and they're a quality side and they're always improving," he said.

"They are starting to figure out how to play, they're playing with a lot of width, they're using the ball and they put in those little kicks every now and again.

"They are not far from winning a game, but hopefully not this weekend."

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