We lost our heads a bit – Imhoff

Date published: November 18 2014

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Pumas wing Juan Imhoff says his men were overconfident when arriving in the northern hemisphere because of victory over Australia.

Pumas wing Juan Imhoff believes his men were overconfident when arriving in the northern hemisphere because of their October victory over Australia.

Argentina began their end-of-year tour on the back of an impressive 21-17 victory over the Wallabies during the Rugby Championship.

That should have given them plenty of confidence to begin November with a win in Scotland, but Imhoff thinks they took the improved Scots lightly.

“We still don’t have sufficient maturity to climb the international ladder,” he said, with Argentina having responded by beating Italy last week.

“After Australia we lost our heads a bit. We thought we could beat Scotland because we’d beaten Australia. But the northern hemisphere teams play differently to those from the south and concentrate a lot on the breakdown battle and contact.”

Argentina take on France in Paris this weekend, with Les Bleus entering the game following an impressive 29-26 win over the Wallabies, which has put Imhoff and the Pumas on their toes.

“It’s good to worry. France have just beaten Australia and put 40 points on Fiji,” he added.

“We’re always concerned ahead of an international test match and France are a strong team with young players who have proved themselves at international level.

“That’s what worries us. If we don’t work hard all week, we’ll be in trouble.”

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