Pumas want 'revenge' in return match with Boks

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:01

REACTION: South African coach Allister Coetzee sounded a cautionary note, while Argentinean captain Agustín Creevy spoke of revenge.

Wings Courtnall Skosan and Raymond Rhule scored their first Test tries as the Springboks stretched a winning run to four Tests by defeating Los Pumas 37-15 in a Rugby Championship match in ort Elizabeth at the weekend.

South Africa face Argentina again next weekend in Salta and Coetzee said they need to improve on Saturday's performance if they want to beat the Pumas in their backyard.

"I am very pleased with the win, although it was not a perfect performance," said Coetzee.

"We did some good things out there, our scrums were outstanding, with Coenie Oosthuizen delivering an exceptional performance, our mauling has improved and once again the bench made a telling difference when called upon.

"But for us to deliver another winning performance, we need to improve in a number of areas, such as tactical kicking and our line-outs."

The Argentina skipper, Creevy, said that while South Africa "played a great game", they are fortunate to have another chance to beat them next weekend.

"Our ball from set pieces and the breakdown was very slow so we have to fix that problem quickly," Creevy said.

"We have great memories from last year of Salta, where we beat the Springboks, and I hope we can repeat that feat at the same ground next weekend.  

"My team will try to use home advantage in our favour and we will try to gain from the support of our people."

Coetzee was pleased with the patience the Springboks showed on attack.

"The Pumas were a tough team to break down and a lot of credit must go to the leadership of the team, who stayed patient," said Coetzee.

"The message at half-time was to stay patient and keep on doing what we were doing. We also needed to play in behind them, they were leaving gaps at the back and I think we exploited that. We managed to create the space and the players backed themselves when that happened."

The Springbok defence also deserved a mention, the coach insisted.

"The Argentineans are very physical, but we were spot-on with our defensive tactics. They attacked us close to the rucks and we were ready for that, with the guys putting in some big tackles and double hits."

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth was also pleased with the performance – the Boks’ fourth successive victory this season.

"We wanted to play in their half and we managed to keep them down there and punished their mistakes," said Etzebeth.

"We must try and take some of this momentum into next week’s game. We need to change the mind-set that away matches are tough and try to stay positive.

"I cannot wait for the return match next weekend - we will start preparing tomorrow [Sunday].

"We are really looking forward to next weekend.

"It is incredible how the boys play for each other. The culture in this team is amazing and it is great to be part of it."


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