Indiscipline strikes aspirations again cougar, In the last three Rugby Championship matches he gave 52 punishments, on average 17.3 every 80 minutes. If in high professional competition the norm is one point per game, it will be difficult for the Argentine team to win if they do not fix this aspect of the game, which is dragging the other side.
Talk about the last three years after the World Cup 2019. Puma played 25 Test matches in that tour. Only three have he committed less than 10 penalties: Wales and New Zealand (7), in 2021, and Australia (9), in 2022. Except for the All Blacks, the other two won them. Overall, they reached a figure of 333 penalties at an average of 13.3 per game. But there’s another fact that accompanies this downside: in those 25 meetings he had 22 yellow cards and 2 red,
In the process, led by Michael Cheeka, the discipline worked in the first 7 games: 10, 12 and 11 penalties against Scotland; and 14 and 9 with Australia and 12 and 12 with All Blacks. But that derailed against the Springboks: 18 and 22. The Aussie subtly pointed to mediocrity – “I want respect for my team” – but the truth is Argentine deconcentrations abound, not only in following the rules and listening to the referee, but also in making decisions. Cheeka takes over mental part of the team, He is an expert in building leadership and managing locker rooms, but as with Daniel Hourcade and Mario Ledesma, the national team does not work with an expert on the subject, as most high-level teams do.
The two former pumas, now TV commentators, showed differing perspectives regarding indiscipline and lack of concentration. For Marcelo Bosch, the responsibility lies with the players, while for Leonardo the senator it is the staff crunch.
Fernando Saccone, a sports psychologist who developed the mental training program for the High Performance System for the UAR at the time, says: “What you see in Puma and UAR is that emphasis on inspiration And not in slogans that pertain to putting into practice what has been trained. The pumas of 1965 or the posters with which it is the day to remember are external factors that distract from the main objective”. Saccone, author of the book “Rugby Mantle,” worked with the team in the Hourcade era, but was sidelined. Today he participates in individual athletes and is in Spain to give talks at organizations related to rugby.
For Alejandro Oneto Gaona, a mental coach involved with rugby, Puma’s indiscipline is centered on “the lack of implementation of the mental tools that allow them to be present in the game and thus avoid being distracted by anxiety. They turn their axis.” and loses the focus that must be on oneself, both individually and collectively. His colleague Mario Zellarain, also a former rugby player, agrees with the diagnosis: “Puma is intrinsically embedding emotional intelligence skillsSelf-control/self-knowledge, self-motivation, resilience and non-verbal interpersonal communication. The team has skill and talent, but that aspect is missing, which is very important for a high-performing athlete.”
Indiscipline breaks the game plan of any rehearsal, forces you to be on permanent defense, knocks you down and even hurts. One hospital left in the last two games: 6 injured, at least 3 of them ruled out for the Tour on November by UK. If this aspect is not corrected, it will be difficult for Puma, which has progressed so far this year, to sign those talents the rest of the way to the World Cup.