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Boks given time off before testing Pumas matches


The Springboks are preparing for the big task of attempting to win their two remaining Rugby Championsh­ip matches following their 24-8 victory against Australia last weekend.

With a two-week turnaround from their last match, Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber opted to give players time off to rest and recuperate following their arrival in Argentina before wrapping up their campaign with back-toback matches against the Pumas.

With New Zealand at the top of the log with 10 points, followed by South Africa, Australia and Argentina – who are all tied on nine points – the Boks need to win both their remaining matches, possibly with bonus points, to keep alive their hopes of winning the tournament.

“The players have been working hard for the last two weeks and we came off two physically demanding matches against Australia, so we decided to give the players time off to recover physically and freshen up mentally with two vital games coming up,” said Nienaber.

“We need to win both our remaining matches to keep alive our Castle Lager Rugby Championsh­ip title hopes, So, it’s important that the players are as fresh as possible and ready to put in the hard yards at training for what we anticipate will be another two extremely testing matches.

“Argentina are a passionate team and a force to be reckoned with, especially at home, and they proved this with their comprehens­ive 48-17 win against Australia.

“They also beat New Zealand 25-18 away from home, so we are under no illusions about the challenge ahead,” Nienaber said.

“We looked back at our match against Australia in Sydney, and we are now ready to turn our attention to the next match against Argentina.

“With this technicall­y being a slower week, we will slot back into a full Test week programme next week,” said Nienaber –

 ?? /Gallo Images ?? Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber
/Gallo Images Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber

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