Rugby Championship 2014, Los Pumas de Hourcade and the first victory in the tournament

Rugby Championship 2014, Los Pumas de Hourcade and the first victory in the tournament

He 2014 Rugby Championship it was the third in history they played The Pumas, this time under the leadership of the tucumano Daniel Hourcade, who for the first time played the tournament as the Head Coach of the Argentine team.

Was the third consecutive title won by the All Blacks, this time with a defeat, the first they suffered since the contest featured four nations. Those in black tied in the debut against Australia in twelve goals and fell on the last day against the Springboks, 27 to 25, in an emotional encounter that was defined two minutes from the end of the match with a penalty from Patrick Lambie.

This tournament left the first Argentine victory in the contest, after 17 disputed matches (15 falls and a draw in 2012). At the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, Los Pumas defeated the Wallabies by 21 to 17, on October 4, with tries by Leonardo Senatore Y Juan Imhoff, which added to the three penalties and a conversion of Nicolas Sanchez they gave him the 21 points that served to win for the first time.

He team that took to the field and it will be recorded in history was the following: Joaquín Tuculet; Juan Imhoff, Horacio Agulla, Juan Martín Hernández and Lucas González Amorosino; Nicolás Sánchez and Martín Landajo; Leonardo Senatore, Benjamín Macome and Rodrigo Báez; Tomás Lavanini and Mariano Galarza; Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Agustín Creevy (c) and Marcos Ayerza. Then they entered, Bruno Postiglioni, Ramiro Herrera, Matías Alemanno, Javier Ortega Desio, Tomás Cubelli, Marcelo Bosch and Jerónimo de la Fuente.

The Pumas obtained seven points in the tournament, product of the victory against Australia and three bonuses for difference in the falls against South Africa, in Pretoria, 13 to 6 and in Salta by 33 to 31, and against the Wallabies in Gold Coast, by 32 to 25.

Nicolás Sánchez was the scorer of the Championship, with 52 points, followed by Bernard Foley (Australia) and Handré Pollard (South Africa), with 43 each. New Zealander Julian Savea was the try-man of the tournament, with four conquests, ahead of compatriot Richard McCaw and Australian Michael Hooper, who supported three each.

The 19 points of Aaron Cruden against Australia and Handré pollard versus New Zealand were the highest individual records of the 2014 contest.

The Pumas

The Squad at RCH (used 29 players): Agulla, Horacio; Alemanno, Matías; Ayerza, Marcos; Bosch, Marcelo; Baez, Rodrigo; De la Fuente, Jerónimo; Cortese, Matías; Creevy, Augustine; Cubelli, Tomás; Fernández Lobbe, Juan Martín; Galarza, Mariano; González Amorosino, Lucas; González Iglesias, Santiago; Hernández, Juan Martín; Herrera, Ramiro; Imhoff, Juan; Landajo, Martín; Lavanini, Thomas; Leguizamón, Juan Manuel; Macome, Benjamin; Matera, Pablo; Montero, Manuel; Noguera Paz, Lucas; Ortega Desio, Javier; Postiglioni, Bruno; Senatore, Leonardo; Sánchez, Nicolás; Tetaz Chaparro, Nahuel; Tuculet, Joaquín.

Those who played the most (6 games): Alemanno, Ayerza, Bosch, Creevy, Cubelli, Galarza, Herrera, Landajo, Senatore, Sánchez and Tuculet.
So many in favor: 105
So many against: 157
Goal scorer: Nicolás Sánchez with 52 points (14 penalties, five conversions)
Tries: 9, Montero and Tuculet (two each), Agulla, Bosch, Cubelli, Imhoff, Senatore.
Tries against: 17
Yellow: They did not receive.
More minutes: Joaquín Tuculet (474); Nicolás Sánchez (462); Agustin Creevy (451); Mariano Galarza (430); Marcos Ayerza (416); Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (400).

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