Rugby Championship: The Pumas go for a new feat against the All Blacks

The The Argentine rugby team, Los Pumas, will play a rematch with the powerful All Blacks this Saturday morningfollowing their shocking 25-18 win over the New Zealanders last week in Christchurch. The meeting for the fourth date of the Rugby Championship tournamentwill be held at Waikato Stadium in the city of Hamilton from 4.05 (Argentina time)with television from ESPN and Star +.

The Pumas defeated the All Blacks for the first time on the roadwhich also meant that they also achieved two consecutive wins for the first time in the competition, in which they have participated since 2012. In case of obtaining the victory they would match the streak of three wins in a row, which was in the 2015 World Cup in Englandin which Argentina beat the teams from Georgia, Tonga and Namibia.

The coach of the Argentine national team, the Australian Michael Cheika, defined the team with four modifications regarding the team that beat the All Blacks the previous Saturday. Among the forwards, third row Santiago Grondona will replace Juan Martín González -scorer of the only try against the All Blacks-, and second row Guido Petti returns, instead of Matías Alemanno.

Among the three quarters scrum-half Tomas Cubelli will enter for Gonzalo Bertranou from Mendoza and winger Santiago Cordero will replace Lucio Cinti. In the first row will be props Joel Sclavi and Thomas Gallo together with hooker and captain Julián Montoya, and the second row will be made up of Tomás Lavanini and Petti, while Santiago Grondona, Marcos Kremer and the eighth Pablo Matera will be on the third row. . The midfielder will be led by Santiago Carreras and Cubelli, with Cordero and Emiliano Boffelli as wingers, Matías Moroni and Matías Orlando as centers, and Juan Cruz Mallía as fullback.

The bench of substitutes It will be made up of Santiago Socino, Mayco Vivas, Eduardo Bello, Matías Alemanno, Juan Martín González, Gonzalo Bertranou, Benjamín Urdapilleta and Lucio Cinti.

Captain Julián Montoya referred to the rematch match in different New Zealand media and stressed that “the work is not finished, we cannot live in the past and keep the triumph of the previous Saturday. We must take what is good and enhance it, as is the case with defense, but we must continue to improve in the fixed formations, since New Zealand was superior”.

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The Pumas will have to maintain concentration and discipline, improve in the scrum and tackle at the same level as last Saturdaywhen they reached the sum of 192, and thus maintain the chances of beating the “men in black” again.

The second clash against New Zealand could be even more historic as, should they achieve another win, Los Pumas could climb from seventh to fourth in the World Rugby rankings.

The Pumas began the Rugby Championship with a defeat in Mendoza (26-41) and a historic victory in San Juan (48-17) against the Australian Wallabies, and last Saturday they achieved the feat of beating the All Blacks.

Argentina and Australia lead the Rugby Championship standings with 9 pointsfollowed by New Zealand with 5 and South Africa with 4. In the last two dates of the tournament, Los Pumas will face South Africa: on September 17 at the Vélez Sarsfield stadium and on September 24 in the South African city of Durban.

New Zealand, meanwhile, will have to improve their level of play and be more sharp and effective. as a second consecutive defeat against Los Pumas could mark the end of Ian Foster’s cycle at the helm of the All Blacks.

For next Saturday’s clash New Zealand will field the same team that lost in Christchurch and will feature star performers such as second row Brodie Retallick, flyhalf Beauden Barrett, flanker Dalton Papali’i and hooker Danes Coles as substitutes.

The All Blacks, in their two appearances as visitors against the current world champions, South Africa, lost (26-10) and won in the rematch (35-23).

the formations

NEW ZEALAND: Jordie Barrett; Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, David Havili and Caleb Clarke; Richie Mo’unga and Aaron Smith; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane and Shannon Frizell; Scott Barrett and Sam Whitelock; Tyrel Lomax, Samisoni Taukei’aho, and Ethan de Groot. Coach: Ian Foster.

ARGENTINA: Juan Cruz Mallia; Santiago Cordero, Matías Moroni, Matías Orlando and Emiliano Boffelli; Santiago Carreras and Tomás Cubelli, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer and Santiago Grodona, Tomás Lavanini and Guido Petti, Joel Sclavi, Julián Montoya (captain) and Thomas Gallo. Coach: Michael Cheika.

Stadium: Waikato Stadium (Hamilton). Referee: Nick Berry (Australia). Attendees: Nika Amashukeli (Geoegia) and Jorday Way (Australia). Date: Saturday 3/9. Hour: 4.05. TV: ESPN and StarPlus.

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