For the first time in their history, the Pumas brought down the All Blacks, during the third day of a rugby tournament. A great achievement.
Historic, legendary. Argentina achieved the feat of defeating New Zealand on Saturday morning as part of the third day of the tournament. The Pumas’ first victory in history against the All Blacks. The Argentines won 25-15 against the New Zealanders who could not score more than two attempts, including a late one, only one more than their opponents on the day made the difference with 6 successful penalty kicks, to only one for the New Zealanders. It’s their opening half, Stade Français’ Nicolas Sanchez, who scored with all his team’s points (attempt (19), turn, six penalties) and allowed the All Blacks to be tamed, but avenged their defeat last week in Australia (24-22). New Zealand coach Ian Foster made ten changes to form what looked like a typical team, with their current best players and in particular the front row consisting of Terrell Lomax, Dean Coles and Joe Moody.
But it was without counting the Argentines, as it was the first match in this new Tri-Nations edition, and the first in 13 months, their World Cup victory in Japan against the United States (47-17). The formation coached by Mario Ledesma, who was already leading into break 16-3, was imperial from start to finish, both in attack and defense, against the unruly All Blacks, making many mistakes. They waited until the 53rd minute to score their first attempt in the match, via Sam Crane, before cutting the score in stoppage time from Caleb Clark in a bid of honor. But it was too late.
Two defeats in a row
Nothing is going well for the men in black, who suffer a second defeat for the first time since 2011. And glory day for the Argentines, two junior players in the rugby tournament. “It’s a great match for Argentine rugby today,” said captain Pablo Matera, drunk happily. There are a lot of players who wore this shirt in front of us and we got here. We are used to (adversity), Argentina is always difficult. We just wanted to show the Argentines that if you work hard, you’ll get your rewards.”