ARGENTINA GEARED UP FOR SPRINGBOKS
By: Menelisi Ndwandwe
Argentina’s national rugby team faces a tough test in the Rugby Championship when they clash with the Springboks at Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium.
Despite being the underdogs, Argentinians will have the toughest test against Springboks in the bottom of the table clash in the championship on Saturday.
The Pumas come into this match as the underdogs, having lost all two of their previous games.
The visitors held their last full training session at Glenwood High School on Thursday, where team manager Diego Tyslak revealed that they are ready for their opponents.
“The team prepared well in the past three days; the facilities are good, and the weather is good. The team is currently injury-free,” said Tsylak.
He emphasized that they will use the match to test their readiness, as the IRB World Cup is in four weeks.
“Fans back in Argentina will obvious want results, as the country is buzzing ahead of the world cup in England. We need to gain the trust from our supporters back at home,” added Tsylak.
Peter Adams, team liaison officer for the Pumas, said that rugby in Argentina is growing immensely.
“Most of the players that you see in this squad will next year play in the Super Rugby. They are full of courage and determination. No doubt that they will compete for 80 minutes in Saturday’s match. Physically they are well; the technical staff needs to correct psychological being of players,” said Adams.
He further appreciated the warm welcome they received when landing to Durban. “It’s a pity we didn’t get enough time to go around but players are so excited about being in the city, they look very promising,” explained Adams.
Spokesperson for Argentina Rugby Union, Rafael Laria revealed to Journalismiziko that the starting XV for Pumas would be released Thursday evening.
“The coach will have changes so that all the players get a run,” said Laria
Jorge Sabalza, a television producer at ESPN, said that he is expecting a kicking-match between Pumas and Springboks.