The Pumas beat up Australia in San Juan

The Pumas beat up Australia in San Juan

The Pumas went into the break with a victory against the Wallabies. / Photo: AFP

The Argentine rugby team, Los Pumas, took revenge by categorically defeating their pair from Australia by 48 to 17, in a match corresponding to the second date of the Rugby Championship tournament.

The match was played at the Bicentennial Stadium in San Juan and at the end of the first part, the Argentines prevailed 26-10.

Last week in Mendoza, Australia defeated Los Pumas 41-26, at the start of the Championship.

In the first round, New Zealand defeated South Africa, the last world champion, 35-23 as a visitor, a match played at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, in the second clash between the two.

The Pumas, by obtaining a bonus point this afternoon, share first place in the Rugby Championship with Australia with five points, followed by South Africa and New Zealand with four.

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Photo: AFP

Argentina scored seven tries through Juan Imhoff, Thomas Gallo (2), Jerónimo De la Fuente, Juan Martín González, Emiliano Boffeli and Tomás Albornoz, while Boffelli himself contributed a penalty and five conversions.

Captain James Slipper and Len Ikitau scored two tries for the visitor, while James O’Connor added a penalty and two conversions.

The Pumas, in their best production since the arrival of Australian manager Michael Cheika, were vastly superior to the Wallebies in all aspects of the game.

The offensive capacity of the Argentine team overwhelmed one of the world powers, also reaching its best result in the ten editions of the Championship.

The highest points of Los Pumas were in the organization of the game both defensively and offensively, achieving a clear dominance in the territorial fight and they were also disciplined.

In the first minutes the Argentines scored two tries. The first through Juan Imhoff from Rosario, after a handling error by the Australians, and the second thanks to Thomas Gallo, in an advance by the forwards, both converted by Boffelli to reach a 14-0 run.

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Photo: AFP

Australia then took center stage and went on the attack to score their first try on an attacking play in which Rob Valentini set up their captain Slipper. O’Connor converted it and also added a penalty to make the score 10-14.

The Pumas once again dominated the game and broke the Australian ingoal on two more occasions. The third try was scored by Rosario De la Fuente, who was injured in the movement of the attack play of the three quarters and was replaced by Lucio Cinti, and the fourth was scored by the third line González, after a pass by elevation of Juan Cruz Mallia, to seal the favorable partial for Los Pumas 26-10

In the complementary part, Australia took the initiative and began to dominate the game with its third line, which due to errors in handling the ball, wasted several try situations.

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Photo: AFP

But Los Pumas prevailed again and scored three tries, supported by Gallo, Boffelli and the admitted and debutant Tomás Albornoz.

On the next two dates, Los Pumas will face New Zealand, on Saturday August 27 from 4:45 (Argentine time) in the city of Hamilton and a week later in the city of Christchurch.

Argentina and Australia met 38 times with a balance favorable to the Oceanians of 28 successes, 7 losses and 3 draws, and today a streak of seven games without defeating the Australians was cut.

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