PE game against Argentina ‘will be thriller’

Siya Kolisi, left, and Elton Jantjies during a Springbok training session at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium yesterday
Picture: Werner Hills

Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan is predicting a thriller in Port Elizabeth against Argentina, saying most games in the Rugby Championship are decided by the narrow margin of 10 points.

Van Graan believes the sellout 46 000 crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium can expect another titanic struggle between two highly charged teams.

“We have got a lot of respect for the Argentine test team,” Van Graan said.

“So we must take our chances and put a few points on the board.

“The past few tests we have had against them have been titanic struggles. They always have a good scrum and they are also a good mauling team.

“Possibly one of their biggest strengths is their breakdown work.

“They have fantastic ball stealers and carriers on both attack and defence.

“It will be a big challenge for us – one we are looking forward to.”

Van Graan said the decision to arrive in Port Elizabeth two weeks ahead of the test had already reaped rewards.

“We [have] had a good week here in Port Elizabeth and everybody got back into the same boat and into the Springbok way. “This week will be a process. “We will focus on all the small areas and hopefully put everything together on Saturday to put…