Hourcade, Phelan and Cash went through “Abriendo Juego” and discussed the game of Los Pumas


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Hourcade, Phelan and Cash went through "Abriendo Juego" and discussed the game of Los Pumas

The first installment of the new Scrum digital program was broadcast on Thursday, “Opening Game“, which you can see on the channel Youtube / ESPNFansLatam, with the participation of three referents of the Argentine team –Daniel Hourcade, Santiago Phelan and Diego Cash– who debated a central issue for the Three Nations: Did Los Pumas favor adopting a style of play closer to that of teams from the southern hemisphere than that of the northern hemisphere?

The main contribution of the program was from Scrum’s followers on social networks, who fed the debate with their comments and who opened the debate a week before the airing of Abriendo Juego.

The head coach of Los Pumas in the World Cup 2011, Santiago Phelan, focused on the dynamics that the team won since they opted to face the southern powers annually.

In the same sense it was expressed Daniel Hourcade, coach of the selected one in the 2015 World Cup, who told how it was to adapt the game from the beginning in Pampas to taking over the main team.

For its part, Diego Cash, a forward coach during Marcelo Loffreda’s process that culminated in third place at RWC 2007, emphasized that Los Pumas must define their style of play with their own style.

But all change takes time, and so he explained Phelan who lived the transition in the game and was the main responsible for looking for changes when there were still no Jaguars.

The fixed formations they were at the center of the debate at that point in the program. Winning percentages both on the line and in the scrum changed considerably from one World Cup to the next, creating an interesting back and forth between Phelan and Cash.

On the one hand, those percentages that reflected a drop in the 2015 World Cup, provoked the explanation from Hourcade, who argued that the scrum was never set aside.

On the other hand, Cash, a true specialist in the field, gave his vision of how to recover the solidity that characterized the Argentine game for decades.

They were joined Maxi duran, a Scrum follower on Instagram (@ maxiduran88), by Carlos Paz Rugby, who had the opportunity to participate in the program for having left his comment on Scrum networks. #OpenGameEnScrum It began on the networks and the followers can also continue to be part of the debate with the protagonists.


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