Canberra - The Argentina Pumas are working with experts on
how to combat their gruelling travelling schedule as they face the Wallabies in
their last away Test of the Rugby Championship season on Saturday.
Argentina have already played in South Africa and New
Zealand and face Australia, chasing their first win of the southern hemisphere
tournament in Canberra.
Scrumhalf Martin Landajo said the thousands of kilometres of
travelling to and from games had taken a toll and the Pumas were working on
ways to overcome those issues.
"We've been working a lot in Super Rugby, we've been
having a lot of people specialising in mental work, so it's a good thing. It's
just new for us," Landajo told reporters on Friday.
"In the past we just played rugby, we just trained and
got onto the field and this year we've been talking about the mental thing and
we've been working on it."
Against New Zealand last weekend, Argentina led 22-15 early
in the second half before being run down by the All Blacks 35-29 in New
They encounter a Wallabies team also chasing their first win
of this year's tournament.
"We have tried to change the mental thing, we train
well, we're committed to the game but our head or mental part is the one that
falls a bit, whether someone is tired, or we want to go back home,"
"So, we talked a lot about that, we have little
opportunity to train, so we talked a lot and watched lots of video and I think
it's more mental."
Landajo said the Jaguares' successes in Super Rugby on their
most recent trip to Australia indicated improvement in the team's mind-set.
The Jaguares won back-to-back games against the Rebels 32-29
and the Waratahs 40-27 to complete an unbeaten tour of Australia in July.
"The end of the season of Super Rugby, we had competed
for nothing, but still we talk about the mental thing and I think we did two
very good mental games," Landajo said.
"Our team is a good team that plays good rugby but when
our head is in another place, we don't play well."
Lock Guido Petti said the Pumas were preparing for a tough
battle in the forwards with the Wallabies.
"They (the Wallabies) like the lineout and the maul, so
maybe the battle is in there because of the maul," Petti said.
"The one that really wins the battle in the forwards or
the one-to-one is the one that is going to take the match."
The Wallabies have won 13 of their last 14 games against the
Pumas and have lost only once to Argentina in 13 Tests at home.
15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Marika Koroibete
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Manuel Montero