ROSARIO, Argentina - It's not surprising that the prospect of being the first Wallabies coach to collect the Rugby Championship wooden spoon doesn't sit well with Ewen McKenzie.
That's the fate awaiting his Australians if they don't beat Argentina in their final round clash at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito stadium in Rosario early tomorrow morning.
A loss of 15 points or more would see France and Wales relegate Australia from fourth to sixth in the world rankings — a new low since the system was introduced in 2003.
McKenzie said the team was only focused on performing well and winning, rather than where it left them in the Rugby Championship standings.
"There's not much point in filling their (the players') heads with the negatives," McKenzie said.
"We look at this as an opportunity to beat Argentina here.
"This hasn't been an easy place for Australia to play ever, so you concentrate on that bit instead of worrying about the what-ifs or the negatives."
While the Argentines have not toppled the All Blacks or Springboks, they have beaten Australia four times in 20 Tests, the last back in 1997 in Buenos Aires.
The Wallabies won last year in Rosario 25-19 but are aware the Pumas are pumped up after giving world champions New Zealand a shake last weekend.
Taking over the Test coach role from Robbie Deans, it's been a brutal initiation for McKenzie, with just the one win in the series against Argentina.
The former Wallabies prop said he was under no illusions it would be an easy ride given the turnover in the players and their transition to his new demands as coach.
He felt they were tracking slightly more slowly than he'd hoped but he was in it for the long haul.
"You can gloss over those sorts of things but I tend to look at the business in its totality.
"That doesn't mean that I'm happy with results because I'm as impatient as everyone."