Belief, teamwork key for Pumas

Date published: September 5 2014

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Growing increasingly desperate for that first win in the Rugby Championship, Argentina feel as though they are on the brink.

Growing increasingly desperate for that first win in the Rugby Championship, Argentina feel as though they are on the brink.

Although the Pumas have yet to register a win in 14 matches since joining the Rugby Championship in 2012, they were unlucky not to upset South Africa twice last month.

With coach Daniel Hourcade adding an expansive running game to their traditional aggressive forward play, Argentina dominated both matches, although they were not able to close them out.

“This is something we have to learn against the best teams in the world,” said Hourcade.

“We played very well but in the last minute we stopped playing as a team and played as individuals.”

As much as Argentina are improving across the board, they are yet to believe they can beat the All Blacks as they arrived in Napier talking up the world's top-ranked side.

“Without a doubt they are the best team with the best players and for me it will be a great challenge,” said Ramiro Herrera.

Tomás Lavanini, also making his debut against the world champions referred to playing the All Blacks as “something I always dreamed of”.

However, neither showed any flicker of believing they could clinch victory, which veteran wing Horacio Agulla noted was a psychological barrier the side needed to break through.

“There's been a couple of games when we've been very close and we could have won. Hopefully we can start winning games, that's why we are here,” said Agulla.

“We need to start believing we can beat these teams. We know they are the best teams in the world, but once we win a game that belief will come. We need to break that barrier.”

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