Boks eye a double
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers (left) celebrates with Morne Steyn after scoring a try in their Castle Rugby Championship match against Argentina at FNB Stadium. Mendoza – The Springboks will arrive in Mendoza on Friday high on confidence but ever so wary of an Argentina team that is half broken and still reeling from the aftermath of the disaster that was of their 73-13 hiding at the FNB Stadium last weekend. Confidence will be good for a Springbok team that seems to have itself and is living out the potential that coach Heyneke Meyer so eloquently speaks off when openly talking about their desire to become southern hemisphere champions come October this year.
The near flawless display of running rugby complimented by a forward onslaught not seen by the Springboks in years would have made even the worst cynic of Meyer’s tenure believe that there is something special that the Springboks are building towards. While many would have cited the fact that Argentina are nowhere near the Springboks in terms of world rankings and that it was a foregone conclusion that the Springboks would win by a big margin, nobody could have predicted the sheer brutality and ruthlessness with which Meyer’s men displayed last week.
In all the applause that would have emanated from the win, the Springboks travelled to Argentina this week mindful that their journey to redemption was still at its infancy stage and that much still needs to be done before they can beat themselves on the chest and proclaim to be title contenders. It is easier playing at home in the Rugby Championship and is expected of teams to win their home games but the dividing factor between pretenders and contenders is always how teams do away from home.
The Springboks will face the ultimate test of character when they face off against Argentina at the very stadium where they almost sank to one of their lowest ebbs last year when they drew 16-16 against the Pumas in Mendoza. It is from that forgettable Test which the Springboks almost lost that Meyer and his troops will cautiously march into Mendoza knowing very well that victory is not guaranteed and that they will need to work twice as hard as they did last week.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Cape ArgusSimilar Stories