Young Pumas hunt down Young Wallabies
While the Wallabies lick their wounds after their surprise loss to Scotland midweek, Argentine rugby continues to go from strength to strength thanks largely to the performances of the young Pumas at the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.
After upsetting France in their opening game of the championships, Argentina has managed to defeat Australia for the first time in its history at junior level.
The Pumitas managed to keep Australia tryless en route to a 15-3 victory that increases their chances of making the semi-finals of the IRB Junior World Championships.
A late try scored by Pablo Matera allowed Argentina to secure the win against an Australian side that severely struggled to penetrate a Pumitas defence that is yet to concede a try at the tournament.
Argentina once again dominated at scrum time, and it was here were the Pumas managed to seal the win against the young Wallabies.
74 minutes into the second half, the Pumitas produced a dominant scrum before Rodolfo Ambrosio put in a fine kick in behind the Wallabies defence that was eventually grounded by Matera.
Argentina will now play Scotland in their final game in group C and should be favoured to progress to the semi-final stage for the first time in their history.
The Pumitas performances in South Africa speaks dividends of the progress Argentine rugby continues to make throughout all levels of the game.
As the Pumas prepare to participate in The Rugby Championship, senior coach Santiago Phelan will be mightily pleased to know that he already has some fine young talent to call upon should the need arise.
Pumitas fullback Santiago Cordero is a young player to keep an eye on. Cordero wrecked havoc against the French in the opening match, setting up a try for Juan Capiello after making a wonderful break from inside his own half.
Argentina’s depth in the forwards also continues to look strong, with Matera, Ramon Gonzalez and Mariano Sanchez all performing strongly against Australia in tough conditions.
While it remains to be seen if Argentina can win their first Junior World Championship, the Pumitas have already left a fine impression thus far in the tournament and have once again proved that they can match the best young talent international rugby has to offer.
Pumitas coach Bernardo Urdaneta had this to say about Argentina’s performances thus far.
“Nothing has changed after the win against France,” insisted Urdaneta. “We came to win not to participate, to be competitive and we are. We want to have a team that not only is capable of winning but also of performing well and playing a good form of rugby.
“We want to demonstrate that Argentina is a good team, with great talent and a big heart.”
Not to mention a team with a very promising future.
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