MENDOZA, Argentina - Argentina's Rugby Championship win over South Africa was a reflection of the Pumas' steady progress, captain Agustin Creevy said, as the South Americans turn their focus to world champions New Zealand.
The 32-19 victory over the Springboks at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas on Saturday was only their fourth win in the southern hemisphere tournament in 35 games. However, it came on the back of a playoff place for the nation's Jaguares team in the Super Rugby competition and a coaching change that has given the Pumas an air of confidence.
"This victory has a very nice taste, because we’ve come from a long streak without winning. To do it in this stadium, against South Africa, it is one of our best triumphs, it is very important,” Creevy told reporters. "Every year that goes by we are progressing. (On Saturday) we played with a lot of head, we knew how to play them.
“It's no coincidence. I think we're standing in a good place, we know where we're going, we know what's good for us and what doesn’t work for us. That's why it's very encouraging for the work we've been doing."
Mario Ledesma, in his only second match as coach, said an emphasis on the basics in training had been key to Saturday's triumph: “We repeated throughout the week that if we improved foundational things we could win: defence, point of contact, winning the ball. It was not magic.