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Rugby World Cup: Confident Milton Haig believes Georgia can tame Argentina

Published 25/09/2015

Milton Haig
Milton Haig

Georgia coach Milton Haig has poured scorn on Argentina threatening an upset against world champions New Zealand ahead of facing the Pumas.

Haig - a Kiwi himself - has suggested Argentina only managed to run them close before going down 26-16 because New Zealand were ring-rusty.

Haig believes Georgia can take heart from Japan's 34-32 victory over South Africa to pull off an upset by beating Argentina at Kingsholm today.

"There's no pressure on Georgia, all the pressure is on Argentina," said Haig.

"I've looked at the footage of New Zealand-Argentina quite a bit and it's purely because New Zealand were pretty lukewarm.

"They still won reasonably comfortably in the end, but that first 60 minutes was a bit of a ding-dong battle.

"If Japan can beat South Africa, why can't we beat Argentina?"

Georgia have already pulled off one World Cup upset, edging out Tonga 17-10.

Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade believes Argentina must live up to their status as the second favourites in Pool C.

"We have grown a lot as a team since 2011, but we also believe the same is true of Georgia," he said.

"The fact they beat Tonga shows that.

"So we must be ready for what they will bring."

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