Test match rugby is about winning - Pollard

Pollard

Pollard was responding to comments by former England and British & Irish Lions five-eighths Stuart Barnes, who described the Springboks as the bad guys with their reliance on a defensive game.

 

"Everyone has got their way of playing rugby that they think is the right way of playing," Pollard said.

 

"For us, it is not about entertaining, it is about winning…Test match rugby is about winning.

 

"At the moment, we are doing pretty well, so for now, if it's not broken, there's no need to fix it.

 

"We'll just keep doing what we are doing, and people can criticise as much as they want. We believe in it, and that's the only thing that matters," he said.

 

"I see it as a thing of beauty, I really think it's beautiful. It is the type of rugby South Africans grow up watching and come to enjoy, it's really beautiful."

 

Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber wasn't looking to change focus ahead of the second Rugby Championship Test against Argentina.

 

The forwards would still be the key to success.

 

"It will still be a battle of the forwards, rugby hasn't changed. The foundation needs to be laid by the forwards," he said.

 

Argentina reacted to their 12-32 first-round loss by ringing the changes for Saturday's game.

 

Coach Mario Ledesma was frustrated the side did not stick to their game plan last weekend.

 

Heading the changes is the dropping of first five-eighths Nicolas Sanchez with Domingo Miotti given the start while at halfback Felipe Ezcurra has been replaced by Gonzalo Bertranou.

 

Injury has meant Facundo Isa is unavailable for the blindside flank where Guido Petti, who started at lock last week, has been named. Tomas Lavanini will come in at lock.

 

Argentina's Sevens bronze medalist Iganacio Mendy will debut on the right-wing with Bautista Delguy dropped. Santiago Carreras has moved from fullback to wing due to an injury suffered by Matias Moroni, while Juan Cruz Mallia will play at fullback.

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