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Springboks play down Henry's influence on Pumas

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James Mortimer     15 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Henry quipped that the Pumas need to “score more tries” in order to be competitive in The Investec Rugby Championship, but Meyer said Henry’s influence would be more cerebral, rather than trying to change 102 years of Argentine rugby style.

"Henry won't attempt to change the way they play,” Meyer said.

“But he will work on their mental strength and try to up their levels of professionalism. Those are the things he'll try to bring to their game.

What makes the clash between the Springboks and Pumas fascinating is that while there is talk of Argentina becoming a more expansive side, South Africa under Meyer clearly look to be an old school team based on power and physicality.

He said he was aware of Argentina’s abilities.

"All teams play to their strengths and we know what their strengths are," he said.

"I've seen a lot of footage of their games and I've coached two players in their present squad while I was at Leicester so I know how they play.

"They have a great scrum, they are great maulers, and I've noticed that their strength has improved, as well as their fitness levels."

Fitness, as well as being mentally alert at all times, was something that was key for the Springboks.

"We've worked on our fitness because I noticed we didn't back the way we should have when England kicked," he said.

"We need to deal with the high ball as well as the opponents' defensive kicks. Mondays we set aside to do a lot of work on our kicking. We need to be tactically aware all the time.

"We've also been working on our reaction to opponents taking quick tap penalties because we were shown up by England."