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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Hook warns Pumas will be 'tough'
James Hook
James Hook is relishing his battle with Felipe Contepomi on Saturday
Argentina deserve their pre-World Cup ranking of fifth says Wales fly-half James Hook, singling out rival Felipe Contepomi as the man Wales must stop.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's warm-up game at the Millennium Stadium, Hook highlighted the threat of experienced Contepomi.

"He's a great player and if we can keep him under wraps a bit, we'll be all right," said Hook.

But he warned Wales' forwards needed to match the Pumas' renowned muscle.

They deserve to be where they are and it's going to be a tough game

James Hook

"If things are going well for them up front, they won't need to use the good players they have behind the scrum," 22-year-old Hook added.

Wales, eighth place in the International Rugby Board rankings, are licking their wounds after a record 62-5 defeat against England on 4 August.

Meanwhile Argentina are being touted as dark horses in next month's World Cup in France, and Hook said their recently-gained fifth-place world ranking was deserved.

"They have a great pack and some great individuals in their back line.

606: DEBATE

"They deserve to be where they are and it's going to be a tough game on Saturday."

Hook said he had good memories of playing against Argentina, having scored a try on his debut on tour there last summer.

Contepomi meanwhile is full of praise for the Welsh claiming that people shouldn't judge Gareth Jenkins' men on their record 62-5 defeat to England.



SEE ALSO
Puma power: Argentinian rugby
26 Jul 07 |  Rugby Union
Wales v Argentina: Full record
28 Sep 06 |  Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup 2007 fixtures
11 Jan 07 |  Rugby Union


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