Town - Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick was as pleased as
anyone to see his side creating opportunities against Argentina in Durban on
The Boks emerged 34-21 winners, scoring six tries to
three to claim a bonus point win, but they left a lot of points out on the
Handre Pollard's boot cost the
Boks 13 points, but of more concern to Stick and the rest of the Springbok
management was the side's inability to turn pressure and good field position
The Boks ventured into the Pumas
22 numerous times in the first half, but a combination of poor execution at the
lineout and in open play meant they went into the break 14-10 down.
It is an area where Stick says
the Boks must be better, and one where the All Blacks currently set the
benchmark in world rugby.
"We created a lot of
opportunities last week, which is nice, but we need to learn how to convert
them into points now," Stick said shortly after the side landed in Buenos
Aires on Tuesday.
"As someone who is
attack-driven and an attack coach, it was great to see our outside backs
converting those opportunities.
"That's going to be our main
focus moving forward, to ensure that all of the opportunities we get and all of
the possession we have, we turn to points.
"That is what the All Blacks
are specialising in ... if you give them a sniff in the game, they punish them.
"At the moment, currently, I
think we are heading in the right direction."
Turning his attention to the
Pumas, Stick knows that the Boks are in for a massive challenge in Mendoza this
"They are getting better as
a team, especially if you look at the Jaguares winning six games in a row in
Super Rugby," he said.
"They will start having that
belief that they can beat anyone in the world.
"The All Blacks have been
the best team in the world for the last few years, but for us the focus is not
on what they are doing but rather making sure that we get better as a team."
Kick-off on Saturday is at 21:10 (SA time).