Boks expect massive battle against Pumas

2017-08-17 06:05

The Springboks are expecting a tight encounter against Argentina when they play their first 2017 Rugby Championship match on Saturday.

And for that reason, Bok assistant coach Johann van Graan says the team will focus on fine-tuning their preparations this week in anticipation of fired up Pumas side.

“Last year we had two close-fought battles with the Pumas, and we expect the same when we play them over the next two weeks,” said Van Graan.

“They always have a good scrum, their mauling is a huge threat while their biggest strength is probably at the breakdown. In addition to that, the Pumas are also fantastic ball-carriers, so the forward battle will again be a huge contest.”

Southern Kings Chief Operations Officer, Charl Crous, said rugby fans in the region are eagerly awaiting the return of the Springboks to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium has become a fortress for the Springboks as they have never lost a match at this venue, and have also attracted sell-out crowds on every visit to the city and stadium,” said Crous.

He is confident that this year it will be no different, especially since the Springboks have made such a great start to the international season against France.

Van Graan added that the Springboks were happy with their preparations so far in the Friendly City.

“We have a great team spirit and the guys really performed well on the training pitch last week. This week it’s all about fine-tuning our preparations, focussing on our continual growth as a team and the process that we are busy with,” said Van Graan.

Tickets

Tickets for the test match have been kept at affordable pricing, with stand seat prices ranging from R75 to R750. Tickets are vailable online from TicketPros, as well as TicketPro outlets at selected CNA, Edgars, Edgars Active, JetMart, PostNet, Caltex and Engen service stations.

  • Saturday’s test at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will kick-off at 17:05.

- SPORT24

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