The Rugby Championship is coming up, and The Pumas are still in Australia with the set-up, with the focus on the debut against the powerful All Blacks on November 14.
And in a moment full of news for the Argentine national team, Nicolas Fernandez Miranda, member of the staff that heads Mario Ledesma, I’m going through Scrum and he talked about everything: the friendlies, the absence of South Africa, the level of the All Blacks and the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup, the assembly with the Europeans, and much more …
Here, in review with his most outstanding phrases.
“They were two very intense weeks, with a lot of rugby. We are with our heads set on what is to come, which is a very big challenge. The boys are very focused and waiting for the players who will arrive from Europe. “
“We are putting a lot of emphasis on the tackle. We are looking to defend very aggressively, at the point of contact, above all. We are also focusing on foot play and counterattack. “
The Los Pumas staff member shared his feelings in the preview of the Argentine national team’s debut in the Rugby Championship.
“For Argentine rugby, playing against the Springboks is very good, but we have to think about Los Pumas. We have a few more weeks to prepare, which is very good because we will have more time to work with the players who come from Europe. “
Nicolás chatted with Scrum and talked about the Springbok casualties. “We focus on our own,” he added.
“We saw both the All Blacks and the Wallabies at a great level. With a lot of pace, with a very, very hard contact game, and keeping the ball alive. When the All Blacks get the ball back, they’re terrible. On the other hand, I saw Australia playing Australia: with backs and with many variations on both sides of the ruck “.
From Australia, the Los Pumas staff member made a detailed analysis of the selected teams they will face in the Rugby Championship.
“We are going to try to make all the players an option constantly, to pass the ball a little more when we play with the forwards and for the backs to appear as well. We will also try to free the players who play in the points, like the wingers, those who they play third line. “
“We are going to seek to circulate a little more in the forwards game. It’s a game plan that motivates us and the players are happy. It’s a bit more ambitious compared to what we’ve been doing. “
“Santiago Carreras is a great player. Wherever he plays, he plays rugby well and things are easy for him. We want to keep those types of players close to the ball. That is why I am training at 10 “.
In an exclusive note with Scrum, lead staff member Mario Ledesma anticipated what aspects of the game they will try to emphasize.
“Oviedo and González are two guys who have a lot of conditions. Joquín is very strong and passes the ball very well on contact. Juan is very fast, with many conditions for the passing game. On the ends it plays as a back, for its usefulness and for its legs. He also surprised us with his tackles. We have a lot of confidence in them. “
The Los Pumas staff member spoke of the level of the young third row player who could make his official debut at the Rugby Championship. He also referred to Joaquín Oviedo.