The 2020 season says goodbye to Los Pumas After his participation in the Three Nations and it was time to make the balances and in the Argentine team the balance leans on the positive side due to various aspects of the game and what was expected after a year of very little filming.
It is obvious that from the results Mario Ledesma and company should be more than satisfied with the triumph against the All Blacks in his first presentation and 2 draws against Australibecause for the first time they deposited the team in the second place in the final table of the tournament. A historic tournament for Los Pumas.
Several high points the Argentine team takes and how flag of this 2020 was the defense that had exceptional performance peaks that allowed the team to continue in the game when the rivals pressed in attack. Starting defense The Pumas began to build great performances. It had no cracks against New Zealand in the first game, it was key to achieving the draw against Australia in the second presentation and the same happened against the yellows at the close of the tournament in the first stage with some Wallabies that brought out all their variants of attack.
The numbers mark more than 100 tackles per game with Marcos Kremer as the emblem. The Pumas made 176 tackles in the loss to New Zealand and 124 in the first draw against Australia. They performed 152 in the victory against the All Blacks and closed with 135 against the locals. With the mind set on not letting the rival gain meters in space in three of the 4 games, Los Pumas felt comfortable. In the inkwell are the penalties that before the vehemence of the defense ended up being transformed into indiscipline. In the last matches they scored 14 in each. In the first game against Australi they charged him 12 penalties and in the victory against the All Blacks 16.
Another good news that left for the Argentine team this Three Nations was the arrival of new players who gave him a bath of freshness to a team that arrived beaten by its participation in the World Cup in Japan. The Santiago were the most prominent: the consolidation of Careers It was one of the good news for the team at the back of the court. Grondona he was always well positioned in the third line and Chocobares He put a lock on the center of the court and is a player with a great projection. Lucas Paulos it appears as an alternative in a second line that is beginning to change. Domingo Miotti wants to be the successor of Nicolás Sánchez and Francisco Gorrisen he had the pleasure of putting on the shirt that everyone dreams of when they start playing with the oval.
There were high points in Argentine performances as Nicolas Sanchez what was the team and tournament scorer with 43 points. Mark Kremer is an undisputed in the quince of Mario Ledesma for his unconditional dedication and the personality of Pablo Matera it was a defining characteristic of the Argentine team. Francisco Gomez Kodela it was an important card, both in the scrum and on the loose. Julian Montoya He ratified the good moment of 2019 and as Ledesma pointed out, he is the leader of the forwards. By last, Guido petti gave guarantees on the line and was missed in the last presentation between Australia, the same as Francisco Cubelli that could only be in the win against New Zealand.
But not all was good news for Ledesma, who will have things to correct throughout 2021. Obtaining, leading the way and handing over the ball to the opponent make him crouch down to defend all the time. In Los Pumas attack did not have too many variants and they only scored 2 tries in 4 matches. Although it was timely and accurate against New Zealand and Australia in the first game, that intensity dropped when it was zero with those in black in the rematch and the second draw against the Wallabies left a bittersweet taste because they were up on the scoreboard and left the feeling that the triumph escaped.
The Los Pumas coach left two concepts to take stock of the tournament: “Self-confidence, in the one next door and in what we do “, was the first and then he went to another term that had to do with everything that happened, both on and off the pitch:”Take charge, of a lot of things, to tell the one close to you to do their job and in that the players were very demanding among themselves and that describes the year a bit ”. The Pumas close an atypical 2020 wherever you look at it. The balance in sports is tilted to the positive side and with the 2023 World Cup as a great goal, the Argentine team left a good image before 2 selected that add 5 of the 9 world cups.