Hourcade wary of Cotter influence

Date published: November 7 2014

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Argentina boss Daniel Hourcade is wary of the influence of Scotland coach Vern Cotter ahead of Saturday’s clash at Murrayfield.

Argentina boss Daniel Hourcade is wary of the influence of Scotland coach Vern Cotter ahead of Saturday’s clash at Murrayfield.

Hourcade is keen to build on the Pumas’ maiden Rugby Championship victory last month in the opening match of their November European tour.

The South Americans have arrived in Scotland’s capital city on a high after finally breaking their Rugby Championship duck with a 21-17 success against Australia in Mendoza on October 4.

Hourcade, however, is cautious about the effect Kiwi coach Cotter might have on a youthful Scottish XV in his first home match – to such an extent that he has been studying Clermont Auvergne’s style of play.

Cotter spent eight years as the guiding light with Clermont in the Top 14 before joining Scotland immediately prior to the June tour in which they beat a shadow Argentina side, comprising entirely home-based players, 21-19 in Cordoba.

“We expect a different challenge from Scotland this time,” said Hourcade.

“They are playing at home under a new coach who will really want to show his way of working.

“He’s had longer to work with his players than he did in June.

“We have analysed mostly the style of the coach. We have looked at the way his team played at Clermont.

“I imagine that his style of rugby is not going to change much from that, although we know there are different players with different characteristics in the Scotland team.

“For us, it is very important that we reproduce what we did in the Rugby Championship.

“Getting a win has given us confidence. It has shown that we are on the way.”

Scotland have not beaten Argentina at home since 1990, a run of five defeats, and have not won at Murrayfield for 12 months – since opening their 2013 November campaign with a 42-17 victory against Japan.

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