Friday, August 22, 2014

Rugby Championship: Thando Manana Previews Pumas v Boks

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Both Argentina and South Africa are aiming to win Saturday's Rugby Championship test match in Salta. Belief within the Argentine squad and from supporters appears to suggest that the home side considers itself as having a greater chance of winning than was the case in the two matches played in Mendoza against the Springboks in 2012 and 2013. Former South African representative Thando Manana rates Los Pumas as being better than previous sides but still thinks the team is two years away from reaching the level it needs to win Rugby Championship matches. His constructive criticism comes days after former Springbok Brendon Venter wrote one of the poorest articles in a long time as he called Argentina bullies who try to cheat as much as they can. Mr. Venter is the same player who was red carded in Rugby World Cup 1999 for stomping on a players ahead during South Africa v Uruguay in Scotland. While Venter's article is best ignored Manana's analysis is not. Despite being a Springbok Manana was never capped.

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