Rugby Championship

Boks expect massive battle against Pumas

2017-08-14 20:48
Johann van Graan (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks are expecting a tight encounter against Argentina when they play their first 2017 Rugby Championship match on Saturday.

And for that reason, Bok assistant coach Johann van Graan says the team will focus on fine-tuning their preparations this week in anticipation of fired up Pumas side.

"Last year we had two close-fought battles with the Pumas, and we expect the same when we play them over the next two weeks,” said Van Graan.

“They always have a good scrum, their mauling is a huge threat while their biggest strength is probably at the breakdown. In addition to that, the Pumas are also fantastic ball-carriers, so the forward battle will again be a huge contest.”

Van Graan added that the Springboks were happy with their preparations so far in the Friendly City.

“We have a great team spirit and the guys really performed well on the training pitch last week. This week it’s all about fine-tuning our preparations, focussing on our continual growth as a team and the process that we are busy with.”

Saturday's Test at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is scheduled for 17:05. 

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