Otago Daily Times

Ledesma still look­ing for im­prove­ment from Pu­mas

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SYD­NEY: Ar­gentina coach Mario Ledesma be­lieves his play­ers played to the best of their abil­i­ties in their break­through win over the All Blacks last week­end but will still be look­ing for im­prove­ment against Aus­tralia in New­cas­tle tonight.

The Pu­mas sent shock­waves around the rugby world with their 25­15 dis­man­tling of the All Blacks in Syd­ney in their first test for more than a year but there was no ques­tion of rest­ing on their lau­rels for their sec­ond Tri­Na­tions out­ing.

‘‘We played to 100% of what we were ca­pa­ble of and some of the boys maybe over 100,’’ Ledesma said as he pre­pared his team for what he hopes will be a third win over the Wal­la­bies on Aus­tralian soil in 17 at­tempts.

‘‘The most im­por­tant thing is to have a growth mind­set and keep im­prov­ing not only from day to day but each training [ses­sion].

‘‘And I think that’s very present in our play­ers and yeah, we want to im­prove ev­ery­thing.’’

For­mer Wal­la­bies coach Michael Cheika will be in Pu­mas pale blue at Hunter Sta­dium and will un­doubt­edly have helped Ledesma run the rule over Dave Ren­nie’s Wal­lablies, who also beat the All Blacks in their most re­cent test.

‘‘I think it’s a very bal­anced team,’’ Ledesma added.

‘‘It’s been a cou­ple of years al­ready where they’ve had a [good] set­piece — li­ne­out, driv­ing maul, scrum — and ob­vi­ously of­fen­sive threats . . .

‘‘The threats are coming from many dif­fer­ent places and we’ve got to be spot­on with our game plan and our kick­ing game and con­trol the tempo of the game.’’

Key to that will be the kick­ing of Ni­co­las Sanchez, who scored all of

Ar­gentina’s points against the All Blacks and will once again play at first five­eighth in an un­changed start­ing side.

‘‘I hope he scores the same num­ber of points he scored on the week­end,’’ Ledesma said.

‘‘Nico was val­i­dat­ing the work that the whole team was do­ing. I think the per­for­mance has to be col­lec­tive and that’s what we’re aim­ing for.’’ — Reuters

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