Rugby: Brutal mauling by Boks is part of Argentina growing up, says coach
JOHANNESBURG (REUTERS) - Argentina must keep playing the top nations if they are to improve, coach Santiago Phelan said after his team were thrashed 73-13 by South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener.
Last Saturday's defeat in Johannesburg followed a debut campaign last year in which they drew one game - at home to South Africa - and lost the other five to finish bottom of the four-nation, southern hemisphere tournament.
"We need to grow up, we need to learn about intensity and velocity and we need to keep playing these kinds of opponents for us to grow up," Phelan said in a blunt analysis of his team's collapse at Soccer City.
"A result like this is not good for Argentine rugby obviously, it is not a good moment. There are a lot of things we need to work on this week but the first thing will be the