The Argentine Fortress

This past week, an historic moment in rugby history took place. The first ever Rugby Championship match to take place in Argentina, Mendoza to be more precise saw the home side take on the traveling Springboks.

As the match got closer, everyone was expecting another win for the Springboks, comfortable at that, against Argentina after last weeks result. The Argentine side however had other ideas, they’ve been known to be very good at home, and that they just step it up a notch in front of there home fans. This was shown earlier in the year when they defeated the Rugby World Cup finalists France.

So there ability to perform that much better at home, accompanied by a lackluster performance from SA and in particular Morne Steyn, gave the Pumas a 16-16 draw, and to tell you the truth, its the Pumas who will feel hard done by that they couldn’t get the full 4 points in that match, not the Springboks.

South Africa will need to take a long hard look at themselves, and Coach Heyneke Meyer needs to really consider if he has got the right crop of players in his team, and maybe consider dropping some players (Morne Steyn) as there performances as of late have been nothing short of unexceptable.

Matthew Nepgen


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