The Pumas matched a historic streak of fewest points


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The Pumas matched a historic streak of fewest points

The Pumas fail to make a foothold in the Rugby Championship and the 5 losses in a row worry, but more must be haunting the head of coach Mario Ledesma the lack of resources when it comes to scoring points in the tournament. Without adding more than 13 points in any game, equals the record held by the national team in 1990.

In the absence of a match, The Pumas are at their worst point production in a full Rugby Championship, since the World Cup years have fewer matches and in 2020 South Africa did not participate. He still could not pass the 56 points he scored in 2020 in 4 games and this season he has 43 in 5 games.

The worst scoring streak dates back to 1990. In those years the Argentine team added 5 games without scoring more than 15 points but unlike the current one, in two games it was enough to add the victory: fell 15-6 with Canada; beat USA 13-6; lost again to the Canucks 19-15; a defeat to England was added 25-12, but in the rematch Los Pumas won 15-13. Then came the European tour and Los Pumas lost to Ireland 20-18.

This year the triumphs are absent and the streak does not find the floor against the rugby powers. Two defeats against South Africa by 32-12 and 29-10; falls to New Zealand 39-0 and 36-13 (most points) and the game against Australia by 27-8.

The handful of points in 5 games is scored by Emiliano Boffelli who added 16 points the result of 1 try, a conversion and 3 penalties. Nicolás Sánchez follows with 14 points from 4 penalties and 1 conversion, Domingo Miotti hit 1 penalty and Pablo Matera and Julián Montoya add one try each.

If the 43 points are taken into account, the average in the 5 games is 8.6, well below 2020 and 2019 where the figure reached 14 and 13 points respectively. Taking into account the last five seasons, the best offensive presentation was in 2018, when the average rose to 25 points per game.

Worst scoring streak in the Rugby Championship It was in the first year of Argentina in 2012. In the premiere those directed at that time by Santiago Phelan they added 80 points in 6 games with an average of 13.33 per game which included a draw against South Africa in Salta.


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