Rugby Championship

Etzebeth: Our mindset is vital for Salta Test

2017-08-22 08:33
Eben Etzebeth (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks are confident they are much better prepared for their away Test against Argentina this year.

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 coach Allister Coetzee claims his side have rectified the “operational” errors they made last season, while 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 mindset 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 Los Pumas kick into top gear in front of their passionate home supporters.

“We know we will have to step up what we did today (Saturday),” 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.”


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