Town - Springbok coach Rassie
Erasmus is expecting Argentina
to pose a serious threat in Saturday's Rugby Championship opener.
In 2015, nobody expected the
Pumas to seriously challenge Heyneke Meyer's Boks in Durban as World Cup plans
for that year gained momentum.
The Kings Park crowd was left stunned, however, by a Juan Imhoff
hat-trick that gave the visitors a superb 37-25
win over the Boks.
Meyer was forced to apologise to
the South African public afterwards as the Boks lost to Argentina for the first
time in their history.
This time around, though,
Argentina will not be underestimated as they return to the scene of their 2015
triumph and a lot of that has to do with the form of the Jaguares in this
year's Super Rugby competition.
The Jaguares made the playoffs of
the competition for the first time in their history, finishing 2nd in the South African Conference and
7th on the overall log.
And, more importantly, they did
it under the mentorship of the same man who has now taken the reins of the
Argentinean national side.
Mario Ledesma had just one season in charge of the
Jaguares, and he has immediately made the move into international rugby with
It means that the Pumas have
momentum that they can continue from Super Rugby, and Erasmus is well aware of
"It's a coach they're used
to and a coach where they've won five or six games on the trot under difficult
circumstances in New Zealand and Australia," Erasmus explained.
"They beat all of our
franchises and they have renewed energy. They'll be fancying their chances and
loving the underdog tag.
"Luckily we know that they
are formidable. We've seen what they've done to our Super Rugby teams and to
the New Zealand and Australian Super Rugby teams. We know it's going to be a
real Test match on Saturday."
Jaguares beat all of the Lions, Sharks, Stormers and Bulls in Argentina this
year, while they lost to all of those sides in South Africa.
Saturday’s match kicks off