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Thu Apr 17 20:38:22 SAST 2014

Pumas to win it in 2014, says Rodriguez

TEAMtalk Media | 12 September, 2012 10:590 Comments
New Zealand v Argentina: The Rugby Championship
Argentina fans during The Rugby Championship match between New Zealand and Argentina at Westpac Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand
Image by: Phil Walter / Getty Images

Former Argentina and Wallabies prop Topo Rodriguez has revealed that he believes the Pumas can become Rugby Championship winners by 2014.

Santiago Phelan's outfit have claimed a draw against South Africa and also pushed New Zealand close in their opening campaign.

And that has led to growing expectation they can overcome Australia in at least one of their two games with the Wallabies in the coming weeks.

Rodriguez is buying into the confidence and is adamant that the Pumas are only a couple of years away from shocking the southern trio.

"I think realistically speaking this year, they could finish third but next year they will have this experience and I think they will really give it a good crack," Rodriguez told AAP.

"If we want to be a bit more conservative, then 2014 Argentina will win it. But I think they will be ready next year for everything.

"Put it this way, I wouldn't put my money or my house on the Wallabies as they've been quite inconsistent," said Rodriguez, who bases himself in Australia.

"Their form in the last two years, they haven't played three or four games at hard level. They play one and then drop off a bit I would say (Argentina) could leave here with a few points and finishing it off in Rosario is a good possibility."

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