Puma’s self-criticism after the final debacle with Australia in the debut of the Rugby Championship

Evening falls on the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza and, while the wallabies celebrate the 41-26 win against Los Pumas in moderation, the faces of the Argentine players explain the frustration of the opportunity that escaped. From a positive first half, with good signs in the game, to the final debaclewith 11 penalties in a while and a defense that did not respond.

“Hot balances are sometimes not the best. There were good things and suddenly we entered a rut with a lot of indiscipline, which you pay dearly against very good teams like Australia. They took advantage of the situations”, he analyzed once the meeting was over. Philip Contepomi, backs coach for the Pumas. The former center highlighted the shots and solidity of the first hour of the match, but lamented the inconsistency: “The boys are convinced and they are not afraid to carry out the game we want, the issue is to be able to do it for 80 minutes. The match lasts 80 minutes and we have to play all 80. That is the growth we want to achieve. Do not stay with 60″.

Contepomi, who joined Michael Cheika’s staff after passing through Leinster, has one thing clear: the cougar claw is not enough and to beat rivals of this stature, you have to be fine in the game: “It’s not enough with attitude alone. The boys have the desire to play, but that alone is not enough: you have to be more detailed, improve the details and seek excellence. We know that we are judged by the result, but our evaluation is not so much there, but what is done in training and if we can transfer it to the game. If we achieve that, we will possibly achieve good results.”

The Pumas leave the Malvinas Argentinas stadium, in Mendoza, after the defeat against Australia for the Rugby ChampionshipMarcelo Aguilar – THE NATION

Contrary to what happened in the last presentation against Scotland, when the Pumas cooled off in the final stretch, this time they gave a twist and were not up to the task. “We took a lot of penalties, we didn’t make good decisions in the important moments. Three maul tries at this level is unacceptable”, sentenced Michael Cheika, while trying to express a few words in Spanish. The Australian, who four years ago was across the street when the Wallabies came from behind in the game in Salta, this time lamented the opportunity that slipped away: “Australia put a lot of pressure on us and we tried to solve the different situations individually. We have to learn to win these games that were controlled for 50 minutes”.

After missing the last test against Scotland due to injury, Julian Montoya He reappeared in the starting team and was one of the figures of the Pumas for his firmness in defense, his aggressiveness in contact and the solidity in the fixed formations. His departure coincided with the moment in which the Argentine team deflated and did not make a foot. “We have to see the things we did well and improve the things we did wrong for next week. It was seen that we made many simple penalties that depend on us, for not complying with the strategy, for the offsides…things that we can avoid and are easy to correct. At this level we cannot give ourselves those licenses. We have to keep working and trusting in the process”, confided the captain.

The best of the match between the Pumas and Australia, for the Rugby Championship

In the last few minutes, Emiliano Boffelli he missed a penalty that would have given the Pumas the chance to get back into the match. However, the wing again showed positive signs in his aim after a good season in Edinburgh and finished with 16 points. The Rosario also analyzed the factors of the fall in the final stretch: “We had a lot of confusion. We stopped playing and that led us to not have patience in defense and not to have that double tackle that we talk about so much. And also indiscipline, we all know that it is very important and makes them come to play on our field”. Along the same lines as Contepomi, the player who has 42 caps in the national team, stated that the idea is to strengthen the game, beyond the numerical. “It is a challenge for us not to look at the result. We talk a lot about it. The inevitable penalties were due to not having patience and wanting to hold on and not continue doing what we did in the first half”. Next week, against the same rival, in San Juan, there is revenge.

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