Deans wary of Henry factor
September 14, 2012
Graham Henry will be on Argentina's side for the game © PA Photos
Australian boss Robbie Deans will come up against an old foe Graham Henry when his team faces the Pumas on Saturday and he is aware that Henry will be looking to utilise all of his rugby nous to get one over the Wallabies once again.
Former All Blacks coach Henry is currently acting as a technical advisor to Santiago Phelan's Argentinean side and he will be keen to ruffle a few Australian feathers when the pair come face to face on the Gold Coast at Skilled Park.
Henry last faced Australia in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup and with Argentina receiving widespread acclaim for their impressive performances in the Rugby Championship to date, they will harbour some hope of causing a massive upset against the injury-plagued Australians.
Deans is currently a man under pressure with back-to-back defeats against the All Blacks tempered slightly by their win over South Africa last weekend and he is only too aware of the man sitting with the opposition coaches.
"Henry knows us well obviously," Deans said. "I'm sure he's imparting that knowledge and I'm sure they are enjoying gaining it."
But while Argentina will have a good knowledge of the Australian side, thanks in part to Henry, the Wallabies are coming up against a relatively unknown quantity. The pair last met in 2003 and fly-half Quade Cooper admits that they have been doing some video based revision ahead of the meeting on Saturday.
"There's been a lot of tape-watching this week for a lot of the boys," Cooper said. "We don't know much about them and no one in the team, except for Sharpey, has had the opportunity to play against them.
"Their unpredictability is a big strength... and also their forward pack. They're definitely a team we're not taking lightly at all. They're going to throw a lot at us."
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