It was three minutes into the game between The Pumas Y New Zealand, heartbeats to a thousand and a lot of adrenaline at the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney. When the captain of the Argentine team, Pablo Matera, had a particular dialogue with the Australian referee Angus gardner.
The third row and a talk of respect and leadership in the middle of the game against the All Blacks.
In this conversation, the one emerged in Alumni, acknowledged that he defended one of his teammates at the insistence of the referee not to do so and fired a phrase that will remain in the memory of the oval sport: “I play for my country and that is not respect”, while the shield of the Argentine Rugby Union was touched with the hand.
That image revolved around all the world and it moved not only the entire country, but also the entire planet.
– Jim (@ jimhamilton4) November 14, 2020
– Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) November 14, 2020
This moment said it all! pic.twitter.com/Vyuqma3LNy
– SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) November 14, 2020
– GONZALO TIESI (@GonzaTiesi) November 14, 2020
🔊 SOUND ON 🔊
– Sky Sports Rugby Union (@SkySportsRugby) November 14, 2020
💬 “I can’t see a guy hitting the face of one of my men. It’s not respect, I’m playing for my country.”
– SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) November 14, 2020
Pumas skipper Pablo Matera warned about getting involved in a bit of push-and-shove:
“I can see a guy hitting the face of one of my men. It’s not respect.
“I’m playing for my country. That’s not respect.” pic.twitter.com/OA1aReUAL9
– Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) November 14, 2020