Menu allblacks.com

News

No more ambushes for Pumas schooled by World Cup winning coach

Getty Images

James Mortimer     31 Aug 2012     Getty Images

It might be considered an ironic statement, considering that in many respects they managed to ambush France twice in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where some French media at the time felt wasn't helped by complacency from Les Bleus.

The days though of Argentina slipping under the radar may be over.

A 21-point loss to South Africa had some critics lament the result, but the Pumas showed their worth when they almost took the spoils in Mendoza, with a Frans Steyn charge down try giving the Springboks a 16-16 draw.

Number eight Lobbe said to Reuters the goal was to reach the lofty levels set by the orginal Tri Nations teams.

"I hope that getting into an annual tournament is going to allow us to not surprise the guys any more."

"To try to play at this level every year and to reach the level of these three teams that is amazing."

"Our goal is to try and match them (the All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks). It's going to demand a lot of hard, hard work but we believe we have the head and the will to get to that level."

Lobbe also said that Sir Graham Henry had passed on much advice in his time consulting with the team.

"(He said) sometimes you don't have to complicate yourselves a lot, you just need to do simple stuff but do it perfectly, be precise, do it 100 percent every time and sometimes that's not easy to achieve," he said.

"But if you can (do that) you have a good grade of success. We have a strong defence and we're trying to play an intensive rugby of going forward and trying to be dynamic but the most important thing is the pride we get from playing with this team."