“It’s a funny one, hey. You penalise the retaliation but what was the reason for retaliation?” Cane queried. “I’m not going to chat about what they’re going to do but I will say that we have absolute buy in that we’re not buying into any of that.
“It doesn’t matter what the Argies do, unless it’s completely below the line. We’ll just be getting on with our jobs and focusing on the next task.”
Cane copped his fair share of criticism after the last start loss to Argentina and was also blasted for an interview in which he claimed fans “might like to think they know a lot about the game of rugby but really, they don’t.”
He doubled down on those comments before the All Blacks boarded a bus bound for Newcastle on Friday afternoon.
“I was pretty happy with the whole interview as itself. If the whole interview is viewed, it puts everything into context,” Cane said. “I’ve always spoken my mind and been reasonably honest and I hope most people will appreciate that.
“It would be easy to always do these interviews and give generic answers but I suppose every now and then, being honest may create some headlines.”
Negative headlines will increase exponentially if Cane’s side fail to fire against Mario Ledesma’s men at McDonald Jones Stadium.
But a “grumpiness” among All Blacks camp through the last fortnight does not bode well for Argentina.
“I suppose the easiest way to explain it would be a bit of an edge. There’s been a bit of grumpiness throughout the week,” Cane said. “Sometimes it’s good to have a wee bit of fun but we’re so focused and we just want to get the most out of every training session this week to give us the best chance of playing well. I hope that explains it.”
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.