The Rugby Championship He returns to the ring and starts his engines on date 3 with a great game. At the Cbus Super Stadium in Robina in Gold coast, The Pumas and the All blacks They meet for the first time this year, on Sunday live from 3.50 on Star + and on ESPN. 2020 left one triumph by side, among them the historic Argentine victory.
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Impeccable start to the year 2021 for the All Blacks, who beat Tonga and Fiji in the July window and took the Bledisloe Cup series 3-0 against Australia. Six wins in a row with remarkable forcefulness: 347 goals scored with 58 points on average, 52 tries and almost nine supported per game. Leaders of the Rugby Championship with ideal scores and candidates to contest the tournament against the world champion, South Africa. The Pumas lost both matches on their excursion through South African lands. They did not find a return to number one in the rankings, and suffered falls by 32 to 12 and 29 to 10 with a single converted try late in the second game in Port Elizabeth.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: In New Zealand they are very aware of what happened last year. They did not like losing to Los Pumas for the first time in history and they repeat it on every note. However, the focus is on the clashes against the Springboks, the matches that are expected with great anticipation among fans of world rugby. For Mario Ledesma and all his staff playing against Al Blacks will present a huge challenge. Not only to improve what could not be done against South Africa, but because of the difficulties he had to overcome in preparation for this final series in Australia.
THE KEYS: In the Argentine team several questions arise according to the absences that have accumulated in recent weeks. Without Gómez Kodela and Tetaz Chaparro, the front row will suffer two important losses in the scrum and especially in the voices experienced on the court. Injured Tomás Cubelli and Nicolás Sánchez, the driving will go through other men and names, with what that implies against a rival who puts pressure on those who generate the game. In particular, discipline must be improved, an aspect that will be decisive in the game, because with the level of infractions that were committed in the second game against South Africa, it will be impossible to maintain an even match against a Kiwi team that arrives with a great present. For the cast of Ian Foster, this year’s start couldn’t have been more compelling. Despite changing the names in the pack, the performance was even better than expected, and between his backs, the explosion of Will Jordan and David Havili gave him new and successful options, as between the two they scored nine and six. tries respectively, in the six games they played in 2021.
BACKGROUND: The Pumas broke the spell and beat the All Blacks for the first time in the 2020 Tri Nations, by 25 to 15 with all the points from Nicolás Sánchez who this time will not be there. That only success and the draw in 21 goals in 1985, with all the points also scored by a single player (Hugo Porta) were the only duels without defeats for the Argentines. The rest were all victories for the New Zealanders. The last clash was in Newcastle, where the All Blacks knocked out the Argentines for the only time in their history by 38-0 and somehow took revenge for the only defeat of the previous game.