Pumas primed for Aussie challenge

Date published: July 21 2015

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Argentina are ready to make it two in a row against Australia on Saturday according to Pumas full-back Joaquin Tuculet.

While they were well-beaten in Christchurch last weekend, Argentina come into Saturday's clash with Australia knowing that the last time the teams met, they emerged successful, a year ago in Mendoza.

It was the Pumas' first, and to date only, win in the Rugby Championship, but was just reward for some good performances over the last three seasons in the competition.

Despite Friday's 39-18 loss to New Zealand, Tuculet believes his team can step up, even if Australia showed they will be tough to beat after they came from behind to stun South Africa in Brisbane.

"We're doing well. We're less tired than after the last game and are adapting to the time difference. We're already focused on having a good week to prepare to take on a tough team like Australia," said Tuculet.

"The All Blacks are the hardest team we could have played. They played well and we didn't really, we made some mistakes we shouldn't but we're self-critical and we'll be good for the game on Saturday.

"Australia have lots of good players, with a big pack and a very dangerous backline. We have a week to analyse them, to train well, correct the mistakes of the last game and be on form for Saturday.

"Last year we finished well with the win in Mendoza against Australia. Hopefully we can play at the same level and beat the Wallabies again.

"We have to grow in this game, concentrate and given everything to be able to beat Australia. The aim is to improve game by game."

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