Pumas face injury concerns ahead of All Blacks
Argentina will travel to New Zealand for next week's Investec Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks in Hamilton riding high after their 26-24 win over South Africa at the weekend.
The only concern will be injury worries after three key players, goal-kicking Nicolas Sanchez, lock Tomas Lavanini and key midfield back Juan Martin Hernandez all left the field, Hernandez on a stretcher.
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Argentina secured the win when replacement five-eighths Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias landed a penalty goal at the end of the game. It was the Pumas first win in 12 Tests at home against South Africa, with one game drawn.
Coach Daniel Hourcade was delighted with the effort.
"Several key players had to retire injured during the second half and we showed huge hearts in the face of adversity.
"The team played fantastic rugby during the opening half and the 10-point lead at half-time was not an accurate reflection of our superiority," he said after the game.
"Injuries upset our rhythm in the second half, but we deserved to win. We were better than South Africa."
The injuries could upset the Pumas hopes of the strongest possible performance against the All Blacks.
In doubt for Hamilton will be wing Manuel Montero who has suffered a thigh injury, lock Tomas Lavanini who has a sprained knee, and both Sanchez and Hernandez who suffered concussion and cuts.