Despite Los Pumas’ 13-36 defeat against New Zealand, those led by Mario Ledesma improved in discipline, conceding only eight penalties throughout the game. This figure is the lowest accumulated by Los Pumas so far this season in the Rugby Championship.
Argentina opened its participation in the tournament against South Africa in the lands of the Springboks. There, they first met at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and both protagonists were undisciplined in what was the local victory by 32-12: eleven penalties for the homeowners and thirteen for the visit.
The second and last game between the Argentines and the current world champions was also a triumph for the homeowners, this time 32-12. Once again, indiscipline reigned in the Albicelestes who conceded a total of 21 offenses over eleven of his opponent.
By the third date of the Rugby Championship, Argentina had to face New Zealand. The 39-0 defeat returned a high number in terms of penalties conceded: 18 over eleven of the All Blacks. After said match, Ledesma spoke about it and said “It’s hard to understand the game when you’re being so undisciplined.”
In the New Zealand victory of this date by 13-36, the roles were reversed and it was Los Pumas who committed fewer infractions during the 80 ‘with an amount of eight penalties, thus reaching its lowest number so far this season.