The Pumas and the All blacks face on Saturday at 6.50, live on Star + and ESPN, by the fourth date of Rugby Championship. Last Sunday the New Zealand team beat the cast of Mario Ledesma by 39-0. With two different realities they are measured again, this time in the Suncorp Stadium Brisbane.
The Argentine team will try to get its first victory in the tournament. Mario Ledesma will put his hand in the team and made six modifications. Two in the forwards with the income of Lavanini and González and four in the backs, with Carreras as the opening, Boffelli, Chocobares and Cinti.
New Zealand will be looking for their fourth consecutive Rugby Championship win. For this, Ian Foster had eleven modifications with respect to the initial fifteen that beat Los Pumas last Sunday. The most resounding news are the return of Ardie Savea, Damian McKenzie as number 10 and Will Jordan as starter.
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Los Pumas’ third consecutive defeat after the two stumbles in a row on South African soil against the last world champions. In the first of four games in Australia, the 39-0 loss to the All Blacks was the second consecutive loss to the men in black, again as in the previous game against New Zealand without being able to convert points. The injuries in the establishment began to affect Mario Ledesma in the formation of the initial XV and the eight that finish. For Ian Foster, the present is ideal. They arrive at a great moment, with great confidence and a replacement that does not suffer from its structure. The forcefulness reflects the moment the team is going through. Against Los Pumas they were broad dominators, with 62% percent of possession, 31 defenders beaten, 14 breaks and a maul that was a nightmare for the Argentine team.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: The Pumas need to improve their image especially due to the lack of confidence that is evident in the generation of the game. Scarcity of variants and lack of situations that envision something that can change the equation. The team must achieve a coup in their spirits, something very difficult when they face rivals with a superlative level. New Zealand has its very clear objective, from Japan 2019, which is to recover the number one in the world ranking. With their sights set on the Springboks, last Sunday’s result in Australia’s favor was helpful in closing the gap for first place.
THE KEYS: To beat this type of rivals you have to do things almost perfectly. Argentina needs to be patient and judicious with the ball, score points every time it passes the middle of the court and pick up what it did so well until very recently, defend with more discipline. The high number of penalties against and the four yellow cards from the last two games mark a reality. Injuries also began to complicate the team’s assembly. In New Zealand, Ian Foster tries variants and the truth is that they all worked out for him. With many appearances in the pack, the fixed formations were one of the strengths in the game against Los Pumas.
BACKGROUND: Los Pumas and the All Blacks play again, a week after the 39-0 in Gold Coast. Those in black again left the Argentines unmarked, a year after 38-0 in Newcastle, by the Tri Nations. Thus, they continue with a perfect record during 2021, after thrashing Samoa, Fiji twice, three against Australia and the first against Los Pumas. The Kiwis for the second game in a row supported the Ledesma team five tries. The last time Argentina had withdrawn without scoring points was on June 25, 2016, at the Atlético Tucumán stadium against France, in a 27-0 loss.
THE PUMAS: 1- Facundo Gigena, 2- Julián Montoya, 3- Santiago Medrano, 4- Matías Alemanno, 5- Tomás Lavanini, 6- Juan Martín Gonzalez, 7- Marcos Kremer, 8- Pablo Matera, 9- Gonzalo Bertranou, 10- Santiago Carreras , 11- Emiliano Boffelli, 12- Santiago Chocobares, 13- Lucio Cinti, 14- Santiago Cordero, 15- Juan Cruz Mallia
Substitutes: 16- Santiago Socino, 17- Carlos Muzzio, 18- Enrique Pieretto, 19- Guido Petti, 20- Tomás Lezana, 21- Gonzalo Garcia, 22- Domingo Miotti, 23- Matías Moroni
NEW ZEALAND: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3. Tyrel Lomax; 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Tupou Vaa’i; 6. Ethan Blackadder, 7. Ardie Savea (cap), 8. Hoskins Sotutu; 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Damian McKenzie; 11. George Bridge, 12. Quinn Tupaea, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Will Jordan; 15. Jordie Barrett.
Alternates: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. George Bower, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Luke Jacobson, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Beauden Barrett and 23. Braydon Ennor