The Pumas had a historic day against Australia and beat them by a difference of 31 points
The Pumas hit the San Juan Bicentennial Stadium on the second day of the Rugby Championship: they beat Australia 48-17 and added their first success in the 2022 edition of this contest after last weekend’s loss also against the Wallabies in Mendoza by 41-26.
Juan Imhoff, at the minute, supported the first try of those led by Michael Cheika and Emiliano Boffeli added his conversion to put the team ahead. Just four minutes passed for another celebration: Thomas Gallo crossed the rival barricade, supported and Boffelli collaborated with his success at the sticks.
James Slipper managed to close the gap with a try that was converted by James O’Connor. The 32-year-old, who plays in French rugby, immediately hit a penalty to make it 14-10 in favor of Los Pumas.
Jerónimo de la Fuente made San Juan breathe with another try close to 23 minutes in which Boffelli again contributed his own. Juan Martín González, with another try, made the Argentines go to the locker room with a 26-10.
Boffeli with a penalty from 40 meters and Thomas Gallo with a try –which had the conversion of the Racing 92 man from France– gave air to the scoreboard in the complement. Beyond the fact that Len Ikitau scored a try and O’Connor spiced up the scoreboard with the success, things were definitely uneven for the albicelestes.
The closing was a real party with Boffelli’s try, but especially with the resonant closing of Tomás Albornoz cheering up the clock to support a try that Boffeli consolidated at the posts. 31 points away in a resounding victory.
This triumph takes on greater relevance if one takes into account that in the 2021 edition, the first after the stoppage due to a pandemic for the Argentines, the performance was one of the weakest: they lost all six games they played, including a 39-0 against New Zealand .
This victory in the second presentation of the tournament opens the door to a battle to have the best historical performance in the Rugby Championship since the cast albiceleste he joined in 2012. On four occasions he had all defeats (2013, 2017, 2019 and 2021), something that can be added to the 2012 list when he had one draw and five losses (16-16 vs. South Africa).
The success against the Australians already places the performance between what was done in 2014 (1 win against Australia 21-17 in Mendoza), 2015 (1 win against South Africa 35-27 in Durban) and 2016 (1 success vs. South Africa 26-24 in Salta). The best, so far, is still what happened in 2018 when he was able to celebrate twice: 32-19 against South Africa in Mendoza and 23-10 against Australia in the Gold Coast.
The calendar will now continue on Saturday August 27 in Christchurch to play the third day against the local New Zealand. A week later, on Saturday September 3, they will meet the same rival but this time the All Blacks will change the venue and move to the city of Hamilton. Those commanded by Cheika will lower the blind of the contest with a round trip duel against South Africa: on September 17 he will receive them at the Joseph Amalfitani de Liniers and two weeks later they will visit them in Durban.
The table now has all the teams on equal terms with one win and one loss each. South Africa beat the All Blacks in the opening game 26-10, but fell this Saturday 35-23 in the second duel.
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