Rate the match: South Africa v Argentina

Newlands SA

The 18th August 2012 was an historic day for Argentina marking their inclusion into the rugby elite, their first real experience other than the Rugby World Cup of a major tournament and also their opening fixture of The Rugby Championship.

But we want to know how you thought it played out – did it go to form, or not quite what you expected? How did Los Pumas fare in the step up to The Rugby Championship? Did Steve Walsh try and get every camera on him all match?

Let us know your thoughts and rate the game below.

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7 thoughts on “Rate the match: South Africa v Argentina

  1. Not the best I would’ve expect from Los Pumas but clearly the lack of playing in a regularly together despite having many top professionals in Europe was evidence.

    It can only get better from here as I believe this is the platform which they can build on and create more great things to come.

    1. Agreed. Argentina show flashes of what they are capable of but South Africa were the more consistent attacking threat throughout.

      I’d love to see Argentina do well, but part of me knows their not the same calibre squad of years gone by (namely 2007). J M F .Lobbe is a great forward leader and overall captain, however the Argentinian back (although highly individually skilled) really need an Augstin Pichot type character to pull them together and make them work as a team. Anyway hope they build on this for the next weeks to come.

      1. It’s not easy to replace the 2007 RWC team. That team was build based on years of hardwork by then coach Marcelo Loffreda. Many of the players were massively evolve from the mainly amateur based side in 1999 and after that WC, went to sign professional contracts with European clubs.

        It may take some time for this current generation to reach that standard but I feel with their participation in regular top tier international tourney, they could just do that.

  2. Not the greatest game and the Pumas did suffer a lack of discipline. Thought Steve Walsh was fair and talked to lobbe enough. Shame about Bismarck.

  3. Not the most exciting of games ( when Bok physio Rene Naylor’s hit and miss appearance is the main talking point, you know the game wasn’t too good!)

    As for Argentina, their performance was average but I believe it will get better with more exposure to playing the bigger nations. Could have been different if Hernandez had nailed those two very kickable penalties early in the second half.

    Mendoza will provide us with a more accurate feel of things IMO.

  4. Argentina showed good handling, quick offloading and fluid fast play – unlike the sad Australian performance the day before. Their lack of a kicker cost them dearly, but all of that said, SA were very efficient, and lool like the only real challengers to NZ this year.

    1. I agree, we really did Felipe Contepomi brilliant kicking duties on that day. I hope he will make a quick return to join us during the latter stage of this Championship.

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