The Pumas tied 16 to 16 with Australia on the last date of Three Nations 2020. After a difficult week, the Argentine national team closed the year with another equality and was in second place in the tournament.
The first minutes of the game were marked by the rhythm imposed at the defensive level by those led by Mario Ledesma, which repeatedly stopped the Wallabies’ offensive onslaught. The fact of defending for more than fifteen minutes in their own field, led the national team to be penalized on several occasions, until finally Mark Kremer was reprimanded for striking at the neck in a ruck at James O’Connor. This allowed Reece hodge open the match account with your foot.
Los Pumas’ response was not long in coming, and quickly Nicolas Sanchez tied the matter with a great penalty from midfield. Later, the scale was balanced with the yellow one at Michael hooper for a blow to the head to Nicolás Sánchez, which forced the man from Tucumán to leave the field of play by protocol and for the debut of Domingo Miotti. The young opening emerged in Tucuman Lawn Tennis, entered and scored his first penalty with the albiceleste shirt, to put the team ahead for the first time in the match.
With the clean and jerk, Argentina recovered a line in their own field, put together a great maul and Felipe Ezcurra found a space on the blind side, to enable Baptist Delguy that he left alone to try. Miotti closed the play with seven points.
The first half was closed with a new penalty from Hodge, for the partial 13 to 6 favorable for Argentina. The second half began with another penalty from Hodge, to continue reducing differences and bringing the locals closer in the score.
With twenty minutes to go, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto hit Santiago Grondona’s head with his shoulder and referee Angus Gardner did not hesitate and sent the Australian off. Automatically, Miotti converted the penalty into points.
There, Australia went with everything to the load. First, after a succession of penalties. Lucas Paulos saw the yellow card and then came Michael Hooper’s try to tie the match.
On the last play of the game, Reece Hodge had a chance to win the game and missed the penalty that would have unleashed his team’s madness. The fullback failed again like a fortnight ago.
The final minutes were pure vehemence between both teams, but finally Australia and Argentina shared a draw again.
Thus ended a great 2020 for the national team, in terms of sports, with a historic victory against New Zealand, two draws against Australia and a defeat against the All Blacks. These results framed one of the best performances of Los Pumas in the competition.
A game that if we have to put it in context, reveals the incredible head of the team, after a chaotic week, and that adversity is a great fuel for this team. Defense, dedication and pride were the team’s flag. A draw, with pleasure for victory, that left Argentina in the second position of the Three Nations.
See the point-to-point and the full synthesis here.
Australia (16): 1- Scott Sio, 2- Brandon Paenga-Amosa, and 3- Allan Alaalatoa; 4- Rob Simmons, and 5-Matt Philip; 6- Ned Hanigan, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), and 8- Harry Wilson; 9- Nic White, and 10- James O’Connor; 11- Marika Koroibete, 12- Hunter Paisami, 13- Jordan Petaia, and 14- Tom Wright; 15- Reece Hodge.
Substitutes: 16- Folau Fainga’a, 17- Angus Bell, 18- Taniela Tupou, 19- Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20- Rob Valetini, 21- Jake Gordon, 22- Irae Simone and 23- Tom Banks.
Coach: Dave rennie
Argentina (16): 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Julián Montoya, 3. Francisco Gómez Kodela; 4. Matías Alemanno, 5. Marcos Kremer; 6. Santiago Grondona, 7. Facundo Isa, 8. Rodrigo Bruni; 9. Felipe Ezcurra, 10. Nicolás Sánchez; 11. Bautista Delguy, 12. Jerónimo de la Fuente, 13. Matías Orlando, 14. Emiliano Boffelli; 15. Santiago Carreras.
Substitutes: 16. José Luis González, 17. Mayco Vivas, 18. Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19. Lucas Paulos, 20. Francisco Gorrissen, 21. Gonzalo Bertanou, 22. Domingo Miotti and 23. Santiago Chocobares.
Coach: Mario Ledesma