The Pumas they made history beating him 25 to 15 to New Zealand for the first date of the Three Nations 2020. In a perfect match, those led by Mario Ledesma they had a Nicolas Sanchez very inspired, who took it upon himself to score all team points.
Argentina came out determined to score and almost broke the equality with a drop of Nicolas Sanchez, which was deflected by the far post. Minutes later the tucuman took charge of score the first three points of 2020 for the Argentine team through a penalty to take advantage of the match.
The New Zealand draw was to come with a penalty of Mo’unga, after a defensive offense by the national team. There the Pumas were emboldened and went to look for the game. After an enormous defense and a recovery of the ball by Julian Montoya, a great play came that culminated in the try by Nicolás Sánchez. The opening threw a hat, went to get the ball and ended up supporting the New Zealand ingoal.
A new Sanchez penalty put things 13 to 3 to frame an excellent first thirty minutes of the selected one. Another penalty from number ten of the Stade Francias confirmed the great moment. Thus the first half reached the end with the advantage 16 to 3 in favor of Los Pumas, with imprecise and uncomfortable All Blacks on the court.
The second half started in a similar way to the first half, with a penalty from Sánchez to continue stretching advantages. New Zealand regained their memory and after a quick line, Sam Cane was able to score the first try for his team. Richie Mo’unga provided the conversion.
Minutes later, Sánchez stretched the lead again with another penalty scored. With this kick, the player emerged in Tucumán Lawn Tennis surpassed the 21 points scored by Hugo Porta against the All Blacks and became the Argentine player who scored the most points for New Zealand in a match.
The defense of Los Pumas in the following minutes could be defined in two words delivery and madness. Matera, Chocobares, Montoya and company got tired of tackling to stop the onslaught of the men in black.
As if that were not enough, with three minutes remaining, Sánchez scored a new penalty from the middle of the court to continue marking differences in the score and put the rival in trouble. Finally came a try from Clarke to decorate the final result.
The final whistle came and the emotional celebration of Los Pumas was unleashed, sealing the victory 25 to 15, all very emotional and historic for Argentina. After nearly 50 years Argentina got rid of the stigma of beating New Zealand and wrote a golden page of Argentine rugby.
Against all odds, after months of unorthodox training, with teams divided by quarantines, without much filming and many things to list, Argentina brought out all its claw. Today begins a new stage for national and international rugby.
Look at the minute by minute here.
New Zealand: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Tyrel Lomax; 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Samuel Whitelock; 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. Sam Cane (captain), 8. Ardie Savea; 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Richie Mo’unga; 11. Caleb Clarke, 12. Jack Goodhue, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Jordie Barrett; 15. Beauden Barrett.
Substitutes: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Alex Hodgman, 18. Nepo Laulala, 19. Tupou Vaa’i, 20. Hoskins Sotutu, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Rieko Ioane and 23. Damian McKenzie.
Argentina: 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Julián Montoya, 3. Francisco Gómez Kodela; 4. Guido Petti, 5. Matías Alemanno; 6. Pablo Matera (captain), 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Rodrigo Bruni; 9. Tomás Cubelli, 10. Nicolás Sánchez; 11. Juan Imhoff, 12. Santiago Chocobares, 13. Matías Orlando, 14. Bautista Delguy; 15. Santiago Carreras.
Substitutes: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Mayco Vivas, 18. Santiago Medrano, 19. Santiago Grondona, 20. Tomás Lezana, 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Lucio Cinti and 23. Santiago Cordero.
Referee: Angus gardner
Assistants: Nic Berry and Paul Williams
TMO: Ben O’Keeffe
Stadium: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney