Pumas deserve a spot - Meyer
Mendoza - A mauling of the kind Argentina suffered in Soweto eight days ago might have led to critics wondering if it was such a good move to invite the Pumas into the Rugby Championship. But South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer, whose side inflicted that big 73-13 wound, had no doubts Argentina are where they should be after the Springboks narrowly escaped defeat to win 22-17 in Mendoza on Saturday. "When (Argentina) play this way, it's very difficult to get the ball and I'm not saying this as an excuse, they played very well and deserve to be in this kind of competition," Meyer told reporters.
The Pumas set about recovering their identity as a team that has an iron defence and never-say-die attitude in the short week between the two Tests. "We changed the way we went into the match, fundamentally in our minds.
And we accompanied that with a good game since we had a lot of moments in their half and scored points," coach Santiago Phelan said. "We don't talk about winning or losing but of the way we can play and end a match with our heads held high.
Today I think we saw a solid team and the way we lost gives us confidence to be able to work and grow as a team," added captain Felipe Contepomi.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24Similar Stories