Johannesburg - The Springboks are confident they are much better prepared
for their away Test against Argentina this year than they were in 2016.
Salta is an intimidating setting for a Test against los
Pumas and last year the Boks were put under pressure with an aerial bombardment
before losing late in the game.
Bok head coach Allister Coetzee claims his side have
rectified the “operational” errors they made last season. The players have
hinted that their mentality will also be different when entering this second
Test against the Pumas.
“We just have to get it out of our minds that we struggle
away against Argentina. We need to prepare well, get our mind-set right and
believe we can go there and get the victory,” skipper Eben Etzebeth told
SuperSport after leading the Boks to a 37-15 win over the Pumas in their
opening game of the Rugby Championship in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
“We wanted to take some momentum into the Salta game and
with our win I think we have done that."
South Africa won comfortably, but will need up their game in
Salta, where the Pumas kick into top gear in front of their passionate home
“We know we will have to step up what we did today,” said
man of the match Coenie Oosthuizen.
“We made little mistakes on attack and we need to improve on
the small details. But our physical preparation has been good and mentally I
think we are ready as well.”