Fernandez 'angry' about the missed drop
August 28, 2012
Santiago Fernandez vies for the high ball with Lwazi Mvovo © PA Photos
Santiago Fernández has 19 tests to his name with the Pumas and one World Cup under his belt. But last Sunday's match against South Africa in Mendoza was undoubtedly his best performance in the blue and white. He showed defensive confidence, ruthless attacks and opportunism en route to his try. The Montpellier player earned his spot on the field in Santiago Phelan's era at a time where there aren't many options open to the Pumas but he's yielding the results. After the 16-16 draw with the Springboks, he spoke with Scrum.
How do you feel about the match?
Why do you think that South Africa was able to get the draw?
The first half was almost perfect...
On his try, Fernández said: "It was a team effort and I didn't do much." As the hours go by, the multi-functional back starts to realize what they've achieved: "It's historic." But it doesn't end here because four battles still lie ahead - against no less than New Zealand and Australia, first and second, respectively, in the IRB rankings.
Will the tour be more difficult? I hope we've learned from our small mistakes ahead of the Wellington match. After watching New Zealand, it's something we've never faced before. I think the All Blacks are a mix of Australian and South African rugby. They're as tough as the South Africans, and play as well as the Australians. We'll see something that we haven't even seen in the World Cup.
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