Argentina on the right track – Perez

Date published: September 17 2014

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Argentina have shown they can be competitive according to assistant coach Raul Perez ahead of their clash with New Zealand next weekend.

Argentina have shown they can be competitive according to assistant coach Raul Perez ahead of their clash with New Zealand next weekend.

Los Pumas have lost all four of their Rugby Championship matches so far, but only once have they failed to pick up a losing bonus point, and they finish the tournament with two games at home.

They will play the first of those games against the All Blacks, who can clinch the title with a bonus-point win, before hosting Australia in their final match of the tournament.

On the Gold Coast last weekend, Argentina came close to snatching a draw with the Wallabies, with a late scrum free-kick costing them a chance to draw level.

However Perez believes his team are on the right track and have shown good fitness to really compete at the end of matches.

“I think the team has shown they can be very competitive against the best teams in the world,” he said.

“I think there are things that we can improve on, and others that are in place and are positive.

“Offensively we have shown some variety and that's been visible in all four games, but we need to maintain the same level of work, because we are playing the three best teams in the world.

“I think our desire to hold on to the ball and attack has stood out. In terms of things we have to improve, we need to work on the little details, to keep hold of the ball and not let our opponents control the pace of the game.

“Australia dominated us for the first 50 minutes of the game.

“This has been happening to us for a few years that they have been able to outplay us, but unlike in previous years, we finished as the dominant team, and that is very positive.

“We want to keep growing as a team, to control games and be the protagonists in matches.

“The challenge is to reach the final minutes with a lead or a small deficit and from there to ensure the result goes our way.”

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