‘Pumas focused on beating Boks’: Hourcade

Date published: October 27 2015

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Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade said his side will be throwing everything at the Boks in Friday's third place play-off. 

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has described the clash against Los Pumas as "meaningless", but to be fair, Meyer was still caught up in the disappointment of their 20-18 semi-final loss against the All Blacks.

Hourcade, however, has cast his side's disappointing 29-15 loss against the Wallabies aside, and is now focused on beating the Boks in what he has describe as a “must win”.

“We can’t worry too much about the semi-final anymore because we have a very big game to come, our goal is to finish in the top three, so we will be giving are all our against a very good team,” said Hourcade

“We want to finish third, which has always been our minimum requirement at this World Cup. Our pre-tournament goal was always to make the final or at the least, finish third. Nothing has changed.

“And it would be great to get another victory against South Africa,” he added. 

Pumas captain Augustine Creevy was baffled by Meyer's statement that Friday's third place play-off is “meaningless”.
 
“I am not sure why they would say that,” he said. 

“Surely, it is better to finish third than it is to come fourth. It was always our ambition to finish in the top three and that goal has not changed.

"We are disappointed that we don’t have the chance to win the World Cup but we will still be chasing our goal. We will be going all out to beat the Boks.”
 
Creevy, however, issued a warning to the men in green as he believes the Pumas have loads of fire power left. 

“I believe our best game is still to come," he added.

"It will be on Friday.”

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