Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Argentina vs Scotland 2008 - Match 1

With the must win Rugby World Cup match between Argentina and Scotland taking place this coming weekend in Wellington, New Zealand it is only appropriate to take a look back at the matches betweent he two sides since France 2007. There have been five matches with the first being played in the Argentine city of Rosario in June 2008. While Scotland had played five test matches in the 2008 Six Nations this was the match for Los Pumas since Rugby World Cup 2007. Scotland were at full strength will all players avaliable for the clash while Argentina were missing a large number of French players as the French Top 14 regular season was yet to be completed. Argentina therefore fielded a team featuring only one Top 14 player, something that had not happened in a very long time and has not been repeated ever since.

The UAR´s move to host the match in Rosario was a success as locals filled the Estadio Gigante de Arroyito and a vocal crowd was treated to a well disputed contest with the home side leading 10-9 at half time. Los Pumas scored the games two tries, with one in each half while all of Scotland´s points came in the form of penalties from Chris Paterson´s boot. With Mario Ledesma and Alberto Vernet Basualdo still on club duty with Clermont and Toulouse in France, a new player was given a test debut, Alvaro Tejeda. The Italian based hooker at the age of 31 was given his first cap by new coach, Santiago Phelan. The hooker proved to be an effective ball carrier and he went over for the first try after getting into a low body position and driving over the line. Flyhalf, Federico Todeschini converted and he also kicked three penalties as the Puma exchanged goals with Chris Paterson throughout the match. With time running out Argentina were leading 16-15 before outside centre, Gonzalo Tiesi gathered a loose pass and ran clear to score on fulltime and gave Argentina a 21-15 victory.

Gonzalo Tiesi was an important player on the day as he made linebreaks and was a rock on defence. He missed Argentina´s warm-up matches before Rugby World Cup 2011 and will also miss Argentina´s clash with Scotland this Sunday after injurying his knee vs England two weeks ago. He is now back in Paris.


15 Bernardo Stortoni (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
14 José María Nuñéz Piossek (Huirapuca)
13 Gonzalo Tiesi (Harlequins, England)
12 Felipe Contepomi captain (Leinster, Ireland)
11 Tomas de Vedia (London Irish, England)
10 Federico Todeschini (Montpellier, France)
9 Nicolas Vergallo (Jockey Club Rosario)
8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón (London Irish, England)
7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (Sale Sharks, England)
6 Martín Durand (Champagnat)
5 Esteban Lozada (Toulon, France)
4 Ignacio Fernández Lobbe (Sale Sharks, England)
3 Santiago González Bonorino (Capitolina, Italy)
2 Alvaro Tejeda (Parma, Italy)
1 Marcos Ayerza (Leicester Tigers, England)

16 Pablo Gambarini (Buenos Aires)
17 Juan Gomez (Leinster, Ireland)
18 James Stuart (Buenos Aires)
19 Alejandro Campos (Puerreydón)
20 Alfredo Lalanne (SIC)
21 Santiago Fernandez (Hindú)
22 Hernan Senillosa (Hindú)


15 Chris Paterson (Gloucester, England)
14 Simon Danielli (Ulster, Ireland)
13 Ben Cairns (Edinburgh)
12 Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors)
11 Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors)
10 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)
9 Mike Blair captain (Edinburgh)
8 Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors)
7 Ally Hogg (Edinburgh)
6 Alasdair Strokosch (Edinburgh)
5 Scott Macleod (Scarlets, Wales)
4 Matt Mustchin  (Edinburgh)
3 Euan Murray (Glasgow Warriors)
2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh)
1 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh)


16 Dougie Hall (Edinburgh)
17 Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester, England)
18 Alastair Kellock (Edinburgh)
19 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors)
20 Rory Lawson (Gloucester, England)
21 Phil Godman (Edinburgh)
22 Simon Webster (Edinburgh)

Game Two will be featured in 24 hours.

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