Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has emphasized that they are only focused on winning the small battles in order to overcome Argentina in their final Rugby Championships clash in Salta this Saturday night.
The Boks are poised to lift the Rugby Championships for the first time in 10 years should they manage to come out victorious with a bonus point.
Erasmus believes that winning the Four Nations’ tournament will increase the team’s self-belief heading to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but it’s also important not to get too far ahead of themselves.
Erasmus has selected 15 players out of his playing 23 that were involved in the Boks 32-19 defeat at the Pumas in Mendoza last year.
Erasmus says with the wounds of the defeat still fresh in their minds, it will be important to continue picking up momentum with a victory and inevitably the Rugby Championships.
Following a successful two-week camp in New Zealand, the rest of the Boks arrived in Salta earlier this week to acclimatize to the high altitude.
Despite it being his first time in the Argentine city, Erasmus remains confident that his charges will rewrite last year’s wrongs on Saturday.
Argentina are the only side in this year’s competition yet to register a victory following two close encounters against New Zealand (16-20) at home and Australia (10-16) away. Erasmus says they know the tough challenge that lies ahead of them in Argentina. – Report by Thando Gqamane