'We have grown into a very tight unit'
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SPOTLIGHT: The Springboks are bristling with confidence ahead of their crucial Rugby Championship encounter against Argentina in Salta on August 10.
The Springboks have a one-point lead over holders New Zealand in the build-up to the final round of Rugby Championship next weekend.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said his team achieved what they set out to do as they concluded their training camp in New Zealand with a final field session at the Ponsonby Rugby Club ground in Auckland on Friday.
Almost half of the squad and management are set to travel to Argentina later on Friday from Auckland, while the rest of the South African travelling party is due to fly out to Buenos Aires on Sunday.
The full squad will train together again on Monday in the Argentine capital, where the South Africans will be staying until next Thursday before flying out to Salta.
Speaking on Friday in Auckland, Erasmus said he was happy with the outcome of the week’s preparation activities in Auckland.
“We chose to stay behind in Auckland [after the Wellington Test] mainly for two reasons,” said Erasmus shortly after his squad finished their final training session on Kiwi-soil.
“Firstly, to cut down on the amount of travelling time between New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.
“And secondly, we had some good team-building exercises, while we used the time together to fit in some extra training time with the squad.
“We have grown into a very tight unit, so looking back at the past week I think we ticked both those boxes.”
Following the Salta encounter, the Springboks and Argentina will meet for a second week in a row on Saturday, August 17 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, in what will be the South Africans’ final home match before the official announcement of the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad on Monday, August 26.
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