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Kolisi urges Boks to ‘take care of the ball on the breakdowns’ towards feisty Los Pumas

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says his aspect has to interrupt out of the blocks with depth from the get-go forward of Saturday’s Rugby Championship conflict towards Argentina in Buenos Aires.

The Springboks have to win the match and ideally with a bonus level to stay within the title race after New Zealand claimed dramatic victory towards Australia on Thursday. 

Kolisi mentioned South Africa are bracing themselves for an enormous battle at at Estadio Libertadores De América and hope to maintain up the depth this weekend.

“It helped quite a bit in our preparation that we may adapt to the situations and time zone in Argentina over an prolonged time and in addition to have time to discover and expertise the similarities between South Africa and Argentina,” mentioned Kolisi.

“We predict a troublesome battle towards the hosts, and we all know must deliver as a lot depth as potential from the outset as a result of they begin video games strongly.

“We had a superb week-and-a-half of coaching and some days off as properly final week, so we’re trying ahead to the conflict.”

Kolisi emphasised the significance of defending the ball on the breakdowns towards a robust Argentinian free trio.

“It is going to be essential to stay to our sport plan. Their free forwards are all good and off the ball, so we have to take care of the ball on the breakdowns and ensure we make use of the alternatives we create within the match.”

Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick says they will not be taking the Los Pumas frivolously as they put together for a troublesome battle.

“Argentinean individuals are very captivated with their nation, and there’s a lot of motivation round what they do. Additionally they play for his or her supporters so we all know that if we don’t pitch up on the day we will get punished. We noticed what they did towards Australia,” mentioned Stick.

“There are not any simple video games on this competitors, so we should be switched on. They chose a robust crew, and we all know what we’ve to be ready for.”



15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 12 Matias Orlando, 11 Lucio Cinti, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez; 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Thomas Gallo, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Matias Moroni

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Elrigh Louw, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Frans Steyn

Stick was excited to see the identical backline in motion with Damian Willemse incomes one other begin at flyhalf and mentioned constructing momentum was very important for the crew.

“The primary factor for us is to get higher in the way in which we play. It is usually good to have gamers reminiscent of Damian and Willie (le Roux) that wish to take alternatives, so if Argentina lifts the depth, we’ll be capable of adapt to that world.”

Stick mentioned he was excited to see Willemse getting one other run at flyhalf.

“I am pleased to see him get one other probability to play No 10. He is a particular participant and he’s changing into extra mature in his sport. I am pleased to see him develop as a participant and hopefully he’ll get even higher.”

Kick-off is at 21:10 SA time.

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