In the early morning of this Saturday, The Pumas played their second and last friendly match before the debut for the Three Nations against the All Blacks on November 14. And it was with another victory: this time, and with the ‘Europeans’ on the pitch, the Argentine national team beat Rugby Australia Selection 57-24.
The Argentines started with everything. With good variations, with insistence, with a lot of play with pure live ball. And that had its prize … At 8 ‘of the game, after receiving from Nicolas Sanchez, Santiago Carreras he ended up getting into the rival ingoal at a pure change of pace.
Although the powerful local team was going to react quickly through a conquest of its wing Rinston reilly three minutes later, the liveliness of the scrum half would arrive Tomás Cubelli, who was going to bill in duplicate: first at 23 ‘after a great rever pass from the young center Santiago Chocobares; and at 30 ‘, perfectly identifying the hole in the defense and filtering through the side of a ruck.
The second period started with a try from the eighth Isi naisarani, who got up from a scrum in favor of his team at 5 yards and reached for the ingoal Puma. But again, the selected one of Mario Ledesma would react in the best way: a try from the captain Pablo Matera, who after some phases, got into pure power.
Two Rugby Australia Selection tries closed the gap on the scoreboard, but then came two new Argentine hits: first, Rodrigo Bruni broke the lead line and attended Domingo Miotti, and later, the Tucumán opening itself served a try to Santiago Lamb with an exquisite cross kick.
Already in the third and last half, the rivals began to show fatigue. Except for Juan Cruz Mallía, who at a key moment, intercepted in his field and ran 75 meters! for a new try of his team.
The last two conquests, those that rounded off the win, were supported by the men at the ends: first, Sebastian Cancelliere, and then, Santiago Lamb.
The wingers of the Argentine team stood out against Rugby Australia Selection, in the last friendly of those led by Mario Ledesma.
Although the duel had three periods of 30 minutes each, the teams took to the field with the following players:
THE PUMAS: 1- Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2- Julián Montoya, 3- Francisco Gómez Kodela, 4- Guido Petti, 5- Matías Alemanno, 6- Pablo Matera, 7- Marcos Kremer, 8- Rodrigo Bruni, 9- Tomás Cubelli, 10- Nicolás Sánchez, 11- Juan Imhoff, 12- Santiago Chocobares, 13- Lucio Cinti, 14- Bautista Delguy, 15- Santiago Carreras.
They entered: 16- Mayco Vivas, 17- Santiago Socino, 18- Lucio Sordoni; 19- Lucas Paulos, 20- Facundo Bosch, 21- Gonzalo Bertranou, 22- Domingo Miotti, 23- Rodrigo Fernández Criado, 24- Juan Pablo Zeiss, 25- Tomás Loezana, 26- Francisco Gorrissen, 27-Santiago Grondona, 28- Juan Cruz Mallía, 29- Santiago Cordero. 30- Federico Wergzyn, 31- Sebastián Cancelliere, 32- Ramiro Moyano, 33- Felipe Ezcurra, 34- Santiago Medrano, 35- Tomás Albornoz, 36- Ignacio Calas, 37- Joaquín Oviedo. 38- José Luis González, 39- Ignacio Calles, 40- Matías Orlando, 41- Juan Martín González.
RUGBY AUSTRALIA SELECTION: 1-Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2-Connal McInerney, 3-Pone Faamausili, 4-Trevor Hosea, 5-Caderyn Neville, 6-Rob Valetini, 7-Fraser McReight, 8-Isi Naisarani, 9-Joe Powell (c), 10-Will Harrison, 11-Trinston Reilly, 12-Irae Simone, 13-Len Ikitau, 14-Mark Nawaqanitawase, 15-James Ramm.
Entered: David Porecki, George Francis, Darcy Breen, Max Douglas, Josh Kemeny, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed, Lachie Anderson, Harry Wilson, Kristian Jensen, Philip Potgieter, and Charlie Gamble.
points: PT: tries by S. Carreras and Cubelli (2). Goals by Sánchez (2) (LP). Try de Reilly (RAU). ST: Tries de Matera, Miotti and Cordero. Goals from Sánchez and Miotti (2) (LP). Tries of Naisarani (2) and Nawaqanitawase. Goals by Harrison (2) (RAU). TT: tries by Mallía, Cancelliere and Cordero. Goal by Miotti (LP).