September 26, 2012
Argentina named for All Blacks - Round Five of The Rugby Championship
By SANZAR News Service and allblacks.com
The Pumas will retain the same starting XV that pushed the Wallabies close in the Gold Coast against the World Champion All Blacks in La Plata this Saturday.
The only changes in the matchday 22 will be on the bench, with Marcos Ayerza replacing Juan Pablo Orlandi as a front row reserve, while Tomas Vallejos comes in for Leonardo Senatore for cover in the loose forwards.
Indeed, Argentina is so far the most settled team of the tournament, with just two changes from the team that lost to the All Blacks 21-5 - a victory for New Zealand that had a flattering scoreline for the second straight match against the Pumas.
Like it was in the World Cup, it took over a hour for the All Blacks to crack the Pumas stubborn defensive system.
The ability for the Argentineans to match it for at least 60 minutes with the number one ranked team in the world was evident, as was the fact that coming into the final quarter at Skilled Park, the Pumas had a 19-6 advantage over the Wallabies.
The fact that Australia came back was something coach Santiago Phelan didn't want repeated.
"It's true that in our last games we weren't efficient in the final minutes," he said.
"We must learn to play at this level, with this intensity and maintain our precision during the whole match."
"We've talked about this with the players and one of our objectives will be to lift towards the end and play above ourselves. We know those are critical moments in the match and we've got to improve and we're aware we must do that to succeed."
ARGENTINA TEAM TO PLAY THE ALL BLACKS:
Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla, Juan Martin Hernandez, Martin Landajo; Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Julio Farias Cabello, Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza, Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Rodrigo Roncero.
Reserves: Agustin Creevy, Marcos Ayerza, Tomas Vallejos, Tomas Leonardi, Nicolas Vergallo, Martin Rodriguez, Juan Imhoff.