Argentina was back in training on Tuesday at St George’s Park as it prepares for its next Rugby World Cup clash against Tonga on Sunday in Leicester. Los Pumas have a win and a defeat so far and will need to defeat the Pacific Islanders in order to maintain momentum as it aims to reach the quarter-finals. After the victory against the Georgians, and two days off, the squad started training on Tuesday, after Monday was spent in the gym.
The whole squad trained normally with the exception of Juan Martin Hernandez, who worked with kinesiologist, Christian Barrea. Hernandez suffered a grade 1 tear in the adductor of his right leg and will be sidelined for a period of 10 days. Juan Manuel Leguizamon says the Argentines will be ready for the Tongans: ‘We are well after rest days and today we begin with workouts overlooking the match against Tonga. We came from several days of high tension and being able to have a break is good for us. Now we have to focus on the next opponent, which probably will be a tough game.’
Despite never having played the south sea island side, Leguizamon is not underestimating the men in red: ‘Tonga is a team that causes large physical exhaustion. They have strong and fast players, and in turn often unpredictable and that can be a strong point for them. If they are having a good day, they can beat any team, as they have already demonstrated. We must have confidence in what we do and be very strong in both defence and attack.’
The bonus point win against the Lelos was a highlight but one Leguizamon says he and his teammates must quickly put behind them: ‘We have already analysed our last match against Georgia. We have a week to prepare and correct what we did not do well in the first games. We must be very focused and make every effort to keep improving.’
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