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Defence is key for the Pumas

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The Argentina rugby side this week did a lot of work on their defence during training as they feel the Springboks, with the new approach by coach Peter de Villiers, will be a more difficult team to contain.


Speaking at a media briefing, experienced fullback Bernardo Stortoni said the side was really looking forward to the encounter with the Springboks in Saturday’s Mandela Tribute Test at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg.


The Pumas are immensely impressed by the Springboks, and feel the hosts as world champions now have more confidence than when they arrived in Paris last year.


It is the Boks’ physicality in particular that impresses the tourists. “We will have to run at the gaps and avoid confrontation,” said Stortoni.


“You don’t want to run into them (the Boks). We have huge respect for the Sprinboks,” Stortoni said. They are a little concerned with the new laws under which all their team mebers will play for the first time.


“The new laws (the so-called ELVs) will obviously give us a few headaches,” the team’s media manger Rafael Laria admitted.


“However, we have been training with them for some time now with a referee assisting us”.


The organisation of their defence seemed to be a priority since their arrival. According to the official website the Pumas regard this as a key aspect of the Test as they see the Springbokas a side that continually tries to create opportunities.


Lots of attention was also given to the Pumas’ lineout during training. Realising that in Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha the Boks have probably the best lineout in world rugby, the forwards spent two sessions on Tuesday analysing the lineout on video.


The Argentina side for the Test will be announced on Thursday.


Sapa – Rugbyweek.com

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