The Springboxes are down once in 10 minutes due to a yellow card to Willie Le Roux. Puma will have to take advantage of their numerical superiority to get closer on the scoreboard. They lost 22-6.
This break seems to have changed the Argentine players, who now dispute every ball and defend when needed. South Africa no longer has long assets. Puma needs to change trying to get closer to the scoreboard.
With the presence of Tomas Cubelli instead of Lucio Cinti, the Puma are already playing against the Springboks at the Independent Stadium and the second half for the Rugby Championship. They lost 22-6.
Despite the referee’s warning, Puma continued to take the penalty in defense. This time, the culprit is Gonzalo Bertranou, who receives a yellow card and is banned for ten minutes. South Africa tries again and the play is reviewed by the TMO. They do not try with knock-ons and the first half ends with a score of 22-6 in favor of the Springboks.
Forward push and push after Pumas’ ninth penalty and the Springboks reach the effort. Malcolm Marks scores (second only to score against Puma), but Willems missed the conversion. Now the visiting team has won 22-6.
After a series of lines, against which Puma was unable to steal the ball, Jaden Hendrix slipped through the Argentine defense and scored between positions. Willemse converts and the Springboks are turned away on the scoreboard: they win 17-6.
While Pumas plays with a low due to Carreras’ exclusion, Boffelli again hits a penalty and narrows the gap. South Africa now won 10-6.
Santiago Carreras blocks an advance by the Springboks which ends in a penalty attempt. But he is offside and the referee Dolman shows him a yellow card. He was dropped and South Africa went 10-3.
The Springboks have the first right and reach the last Argentine line. There’s a pun and Damien Willems converts. The match is 3-3.
Emiliano Boffelli hits from midfield with his kick and Puma get their first advantage of the afternoon at Avellaneda: they win 3-0.
James Dolman (from New Zealand) orders and the most important match of the year for Puma is already played at the Libertadores de America.
Teams take to the field and Puma receives a standing ovation from Argentine fans. The hymns of both countries are heard and everything is ready for the start of the match at the Libertadores de América Stadium of the Independent.
Due to a collaboration between the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) and the Argentine Rugby Union Foundation (FUAR), 23 shirts from Argentine players will have the names of all injured players in Puma’s history.
Argentina’s captain, Julian Montoya, said before the game against South Africa that Puma was “looking forward to playing” at the independent stadium. “We had a good week. We had a good time in Argentina,” Montoya said on ESPN. And he added: “The key to the match will be fixed formations, defense and above all, a game without the ball”.
Australian Michael Cheeca, the head coach of the Argentine team, spoke to ESPN ahead of the match at the Independent Stadium. “The preparation was very good. We are very calm. Today’s match is a match where the excellence of the game is the most important thing”, he speculated. And he added, on the possibility that the South Africans use the leg: “Background The guys who are very good with the air ball, and very good with the foot or attacking. I think Mallia, Boffelli and Cinti are very clear about when to fight back. In addition, he anticipated that all areas of the field would be the key to moving forward and moving forward.
Although Puma has already achieved their best points in the Rugby Championship (they add 9, one more than in the 2018 edition), the aim now is to beat the Springboks and reach the final date, in Johannesburg, and against the same opponents. , with the possibility of holding the title, a situation that just a few years ago seemed utopian. The opposite, and in a packed Libertadores de América stadium, would be the current world champion, so it would not be an easy task.
Australians Michael Cheka (Pumas head coach) and Jacques Nienaber (Springboxes coach) both defined the formation of their teams for the transcendental meeting between the two teams, valid for the fifth date of the Rugby Championship (television ESPN and STAR). , The national team would have seven variants with regards to a loss with the All Blacks in New Zealand. Three modifications will take place between the backs (Gonzalo Bertanou, Lucio Cinti and Jerónimo de la Fuente will play for Santiago Cordero, Matias Moroni and Tomas Cubelli) and the other four will be in the forwards: Juan González, Matías Alemano, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparo and Eduardo Bellaro for Santiago. Do it. Grondona, Guido Petti, Joel Sclavey and Thomas Gallo.