Durban - Argentina are no longer simply
about muscle up front, and Heyneke Meyer is expecting them to be a far more
expansive outfit when they take on the Springboks at Kings Park on Saturday.
Known for their expertise and physicality in
the pack, Meyer believes the Pumas are now more capable with ball in hand due
largely to the influence of former All Blacks coach Graeme Henry.
Henry served as an advisor to the Pumas in
2012 and 2013.
“Argentina is a quality side. I think
people don’t realise what a tough side they are to play against. All their
players are playing in France... they all have contracts and get coached by the
best coaches,” Meyer said.
“They’ve really improved. They’ve always
had a physical pack but now with the New Zealand influence there they also move
the ball around.
“In the scrum they’re one of the best. It
will be a big struggle in the scrums and they’ve got one of the best mauling
sides in the world.
“They’re also opening up the game now. It’s
a tough Test match, we’ve got respect for them and that’s why I went with a
strong side going into this game.”
Saturday’s match kicks off at 17:05.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Jean
de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre
Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Heinrich
Brussow, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bismarck du
Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor
Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21
Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lwazi Mvovo