Argentina captain Agustin Creevy is confident his side can make a winning start to their Rugby Championship campaign against the Springboks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Los Pumas won the most recent Test between these countries, in last year's Rugby Championship clash in Salta, and lost narrowly to the Boks in the corresponding fixture in Nelspruit earlier in 2016.
Creevy was also part of the Pumas squad which history in 2015 when they claimed their first ever victory over the Boks thanks to a 37-25 triumph in Durban – a result which he feels helped them to turn a corner against the two-time world champions.
“Beating the Springboks in South Africa for the first time was really important and mentally it was a turning point for us,” he told Sport24.
But despite that victory, the hooker has lots of respect for the Springboks.
“South Africa is a great team and we always learn a lot when we play against them,” said Creevy.
Creevy expects another tough challenge from Allister Coetzee's charges on Saturday but feels his team can be victorious if they manage to remain calm for a full 80 minutes.
“We won against South Africa last season because our mentality was excellent," he added.
"We stayed calm and didn’t do anything crazy but, for me, the Springboks remain one of the top three sides in the world.”