Rugby 9.8.2016 07:12 pm

Bok forwards coach wary of Argentina

FILE PICTURE: Johann van Graan Forwards Coach of South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Johann van Graan Forwards Coach of South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Argentina could pose a real threat to the Springboks in their opening Rugby Championship fixture next weekend in Nelspruit.

This warning came from Bok forwards coach Johann van Graan on Tuesday at the Bok media session in Sandton, with Van Graan in charge of the Boks forwards attack and breakdowns, while his fellow forwards coach Matt Proudfoot is in charge of the scrums and line-outs.

“Argentina have done well away from home the past few seasons and pushed New Zealand, Australia and South Africa close on several occasions,” said Van Graan.

“And in their own country they are very tough to beat; they will have a lot confidence. It’s not something new for them coming to SA,” said Van Graan.

Van Graan said, however, the Boks were eager to improve after a tough incoming June series win of 2-1 over Ireland in which they lost the opening Test 26-20 at Newlands, before bouncing back to win the second Test 32-26 at Ellis Park and the final Test 19-13 in Port Elizabeth –  but in all three Tests there was a winning margin of just six points.

“It’s a home Test match for us and the first of our campaign; we’ll prepare as well as we can and it will be nice to have all our players back on Sunday,” said Van Graan.

Van Graan, however, also warned that people might see too much in the Lions success in Super Rugby while the Argentineans will prove to be a completely different outfit to what the Jaguares were in Super Rugby.

“We have three training sessions next week and then we have to face them,” said Van Graan.

“I don’t know how their preparation will go. All we can focus on is how our preparation can go. We’ll put every single minute to good use,” Van Graan promised.

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