- Openside eager to build on impressive Test debut win another win
- “They are going to come out all guns blazing” – Kvesic
A modest Matt Kvesic has warned England against complacency in Buenos Aires and has insisted that a 32-3 win in Salta would mean very little without a second victory to seal the series.
Kvesic marked his full international debut at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena with an effervescent display from openside flanker, notching up a phenomenal tally of 29 tackles.
The Gloucester-bound 21 year-old was also prominent in attack with seven carries, and 17 breakdown involvements meant he made a meaningful contribution once every 40 seconds on average while the ball was in play.
Even so, Kvesic refused to bask in the glory of his impressive individual return – instead praising Paul Gustard’s defensive strategies.
“I was pretty pleased after the game but there were a few things to work on,” he said. “All in all I was pretty pleased with how it went, though, and hopefully I can keep building from there.
“Gussy has put a lot of effort into the defence, which makes it easier for me because I am in position to make those 29 tackles. The system we are playing in at the moment – where we just get off the line as quickly as possible – is one I enjoy playing in. It suits me quite well.
“We were pretty comfortable in defence throughout, I think – some good shots went in. Obviously attack was really good as well, which was promising.”
However, Kvesic was sure to focus more heavily on the areas that needed improving from the first Test – and re-iterated the grave dangers of producing another underwhelming second half against the Pumas.
“We were guilty of getting turned over unnecessarily at times,” he said of last Saturday’s error-strewn final 40 minutes. “Argentina are a good side and very physical. If they put dominant shots on, it can get quite tough.
“I think it’s more that we’ve got to get the speed of breakdown quicker and clear people out without any indecision.
“We made an error off the [second half] re-start and then compounded that with another one, which shows you can’t back up mistakes in Test matches because it gave them a foothold in the game.
“We were lucky to have a bit of a cushion in terms of points because defending for so long is very tiring, especially when you are under your own sticks for 10 or 15 minutes.
“We’ve spoken about how physical they are and how much they love playing for their country. Off the back of a heavy loss, they are going to come out all guns blazing. We’ve got to be ready to match that.”