Springboks lift trophy in Buenos Aires 5 August 2023

The Springboks celebrate their victory in Buenos Aires. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Reaction from Argentina: Springboks on track for Rugby World Cup

Jacques Nienaber is buzzing after his Springboks’ win in Buenos Aires, a result he believes has put their RWC preparations back on track.

Springboks lift trophy in Buenos Aires 5 August 2023

The Springboks celebrate their victory in Buenos Aires. Photo: SA Rugby website.

The Springboks are on track with their Rugby World Cup preparations as they delivered a strong second-half performance to overpower Argentina 24-13 in the first of three warm-up games at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber’s men were 10-3 behind on the scoreboard at half time, but could draw inspiration from the opportunities they created (without converting them into points) before they found their rhythm, which saw Makazole Mapimpi and Canan Moodie score tries in the second stanza.

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The result was particularly encouraging given that Nienaber made 13 changes to the starting team that faced the Pumas in Johannesburg seven days ago.

“This is an exceptional place to get a win,” Springboks coach Nienaber said.

“Argentina have been progressing well. They beat Australia and, last year, they defeated New Zealand, so we worked really hard to get our game in order and grind out the win, and we are pleased with the result.”

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Springboks captain and hooker Bongi Mbonambi praised his charges for their fighting spirit and the way they put up their hands with an eye on the announcement of the Rugby World Cup squad on Tuesday.

“The one thing the coaches made sure of was to give as many players as possible a chance to play,” he said.

“The guys showed today they are ready to build to the Rugby World Cup. There’s no doubt the players have made it tough for the coaches (in terms of squad selection).”

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“We tried a lot of things in the first half and the outcomes didn’t go our way, but we knew if we kept pressing and believing, it would come in the second half. And that certainly paid off.

“We spoke about backing one another all week, and the players certainly did that.”

The Springboks departed Argentina in the early hours of Sunday morning and will arrive in South Africa on Monday.

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Springboks vs Argentina full-time score graphic for 5 August 2023
Springboks vs Argentina full-time score graphic. Photo: @Springboks via Twitter.