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Argentinian Rugby is in search of a change of path

I took a break for this third instalment of the year. The previous two concentrated on analysing three key elements: a possible problem with the path chosen by the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) regarding professional rugby in Argentina, this path’s its consequences on the results and the evolution of their game.

Yes, we may have a rabbit to catchup after the first round.

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

Well Paul, due to my geographic location and time zone I never get to see who is playing before committing my tips, so you may be right but I feel strong with the Australia Con this year .

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

Thanks Carlos, I am on vacations as well in Brazil but always find some time to keep up with Jaguares. I think I will miss the opening .

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Jaguares

I know the rooster, probably you are right with NS, but you also have to understand that there pressure to win as many games as possible and there were nobody close to what NS could do on the field. There is only one pro team in Argentina and no time to test a rookie fly half in SR. The option was JM Hernandez but he retired in the middle of the season due to injuries.

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Jaguares

Not very sure to tell you the true. There are some injuries that I am not sure that will be ready for next week.
But I think that Garcia Botha , Creevy, Piereto, Lavanini, Petty, kremer, Matera, Bruni or Ortega Desio, Bertranou, DIAS Bonilla, De La Fuente, Orlando, Moyano, Tuculet,
Bench: Zeis, Montoya, Medrano, Lezama, Alemano, Cubelli, Gonzalez Iglesias, Mallia.
I think Bofelli will not be ready for the opening due to injury.
It it a wild guess with new staff is difficult to make a prediction.

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Jaguares

Sorry but PABLO Matera is no longer the captain, De La Fuente will have that distinction. Matera is the captain of Los Pumas.

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Jaguares

I disagree when you mention defense as their strength. Just looks their las three games and how many points they gave up very easy. I think that if they can fix the defense and the scrum they will be competitive in every game. The problem will be at the 10 position where Jaguares does not have someone with the experience and in SR the fly half is very important.

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Jaguares

Thanks for the wrap once again Geoff. The first thing that come to my mind is that in the game in SA I was very surpise of two things from de Wallabies. Firts the amount of unforced errors of the backline and second the great pasion the players played every ball to stay in the game. In the other hand, SA played a great defence like they have not done in a while, better even than the one they used beating NZ two weeks ago.
In the game in Buenos Aires things went quite different. The All Blacks played a slow pace game with BB taking for ever to kick to the posts and engaging in the set pieces were the largest ceremonies that I have seen from the men in black. Los Pumas never entered the pace of the game they wanted to play and early mistakes cost them the game. I am not surprise about the scrum because I have written a piece in August on what to expect from the team and scrum is not an easy thing to fix. I will remind you again that domestic rules for the scrum are very different than the ones that are used everywhere else and by the time the props get to the international level have not develop the proper skills to compete in the scrum.
Los Pumas have launched their attacks from line outs and ball recovery so far in the RCH and the line was not working and Moyano was not playing, Delguy was injured in the first half and the replacements are not at the same level. Without set pieces , weak centers, and without the dangerous wingers, it was imposible to challenge the ABs.
I think the referi did not have a good performance but the score has nothing to do with that. BB made a good tackle on NS and for me it was not even a penalty. Cubelli either made a knock on or an extra movement when the Pumas score that try. The ABs, as usual were giving a break in off sides in their rush defence.
I think that Sanchez played below par and made some of the silly mistakes and look much more to his 2017 version . IMO the switch of Ezcurra at 12 y DeLafuente to13 was abig mistake that was exposed in the first try of the match.
I think that both team played below their capabilities and in those terms the men in black deserved to win.

The Wrap: All Blacks seal 16th title as Wallabies stare down wooden spoon

Great job. We have two kore barbeques to go and a grill that can hold anything you wish. Be careful of your wishes!!!

"We're having a barbie, come on over!"

This is A. Pichot aiming to have the USA involved because he thinks that there is the money (potentially his) that will give WR the power to challenge the rich clubs from the north. He was just apointed to the American Rugby board and is trying to get things going. Not a bad idea when you take a look to where rugby union is heading in the different parts of the world. I do really think that the rankings do not really reflect the reality of each nation at the time that RWC is played. Just think that the pools are made with the rankings that were established two years before the competition take place. May be what it really has to change is the way teams are ranked. It is true that countries up north take the window in June as a trials and those games many times do not carry interest to the public or players.

League of Nations is an idea worth discussing, but…

Thanks Rob C , I appreciate. It has been a long time of suffereing and I hope the good times keep on rolling.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Thanks Machooka, after suffering for a few years this has been a big years in terms of Jaguares and Pumas. I hope they keep delivering.
Los Pumas did not play well but they managed to win anyway, that shows that the team is growing in character.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Of course confidence is higher than before,but we have to be carefull of the wounded. At the begining of the RCH MrHansen said that he was sending an alternative team to Argentina. Let see if that stands after the results of last weekend. I hope he brings the best because it a pleasure to go and see the All Blacks at their best. The game has been sold out a couple weeks ago and fortunely I have my tickets and looking forward for tha game. It is premature to talk about the Waalabies game in Salta which is three weeks from now and big games to be played by both teams before that clash.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Thanks Geoff, like usual a great wrap. I glad you mention the Pumas back three , if you go to the stats you will notice the amount of meters they have made so far in the RCH. Talking about Folau I think it was a very good tactic by Mario Ledesma to kick at him and have a few players arouunf him so he would not be on the loose.
Folau is a great player and most of the fans should remember that he was part of story that kept the Wallabies in the game.
I find many similarities with the situation in Australia and what went on with rugby in Argentina after RCH 2015 . The blame is going exactly in the same directions that went in Argentina : Coaches, players, blazers, Super Rugby format, ect… I beleive that there are cycles in rugby where thing just do not sync up, and Australia is in going in to that low section of the cycle. Thinks will happen and the frustation will go away. It is a matter of time. Like Argentina has recover playing with the heart I think Australia will recover as well .

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

There are many incorrect points about the Pumas in your comment . My advise to you is to focus on the Wallabies problems that are closely to you, and leave the Pumas problems to the ones that know or at least al closer to the rugby situation in Argentina. Argentina has gone under many problems and and the comments here are not different than the ones I read here.
We blamed the coaching, the blazers, Super Rugby, the ban on the players playing overseas, some of the players, ect… It only took a few wins and a change in attitude on the field to turn criticisms around and all things that were wrong seems to be gone. My advise is to let the situation to go down as much as possible so the steps of improvements will look bigger than they really are.

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Argentina

Thanks Adsa, but Los Pumas did not win. David Lord, the man that have written many times that Argentina did not have the quality of rugby to play in the RCH , thinks that were tha Wallabies that lost the game.

Wallabies beat themselves on the Gold Coast

Well, a penalty from there was a three pointer for Sanchez. I appreciate your opinion but I do not share it.????

Wallabies beat themselves on the Gold Coast

Ohhh! !!! You are not giving Los Pumas any credit. Well, Los Pumas did not play a great game but winning not playing well and away, talks about the team character . How many times the Wallabies did not play well and won? David, I think you are missing the point. Argentina was called many times previuosly for loosing the games in the last 20 minutes. That did no happened this time. Also I think tha the margin of the score should have been wider. In the last try that the TMO denied Boffelli correctly due to the forward pass, Delguy received a high tackle that prevented him from delivering the the pass in a legal form. IMO that play should have been awarded with a penalty try and at least a yellow card against the Wallabies.

Wallabies beat themselves on the Gold Coast

IMO in the last try of Boffelli Delguy got a dangerous high tacked. It was a forward pass but also a penalty and yellow.

Wallabies go down with a whimper against Pumas

I think Pumas pressured the Wallabies to make mistakes with a good defense, and took advantage of the opportunities. A wider margin in the score would not have been a surprise for what happened on the field.

Wallabies go down with a whimper against Pumas

Congrats my friend!!!! One week Erasmus has to go and the next one he must stay!!! European based players must be able to play or ban completely to play for the Boks!!!

This is fun!!!

What the Bok? Saffas stun All Blacks in incredible boilover

Congrats to SA and thanks for a great game.

What the Bok? Saffas stun All Blacks in incredible boilover

As an outsider it is hard to beleive for me that peoplea are happy that Hooper is out. He is an excellent player that gives 100% . As a Pumas fan I am happy that he is not there tomorrow, however as a rugby fan I always want to see the best posible talent on the field. I will miss him.

Hooper out, Pocock to captain at No.7

You are welcome polite man. Good luck to you. Well you are already lucky not having to get up so early on Saturday for the game.

Wallabies bring back the big guns for Argentina showdown

The diference in size of the backs confronting Los Pumas is amazing, But neither Folau and Koroibete are good defenders and will be facing two of the most dangerous Pumas players: Delguy and Moyano. I think Los Pumas will have a better chance of beating the Wallabies wirh a more friendly chedule in the future.

Wallabies bring back the big guns for Argentina showdown