Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lucas González Amorosino second best linebreaker at World Cup

The hero from Argentina´s World Cup match vs Scotland, Lucas González Amorosino, has been highlighted in Britiains leading newspaper, The Telegrpah, as the second highest linebrekaker at Rugby World Cup 2011. Despite only starting two matches out of the five that Los Pumas played, González Amorosino rates higher than every player at the World Cup except for Welsh winger, George North. This coincides with former All Blacks captain, Tana Umaga, selecting his try vs Scotland as one of the best five of the World Cup. The list of top five tries, in no particular order was All Blacks centre, Ma'a Nonu whose try vs Australia was the only in the Semi Final. In addition, French winger Vincent Clerc scored a brilliant try against England, Welsh prop Gethin Jenkins scored like a centre vs Namibia and USA Eagles scrumhalf, Mike Petri went over for an outstanding try vs Russia.

The Pumas back who played a total of 188 minutes (two and a half matches combined) was second string to Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga of Stade Français. They are to play on oppsite teams this season as González Amorosino will be playing for Montpellier. More amazing still is that the World Cup´s leading linebreaker, George North, broke the defensive line 23 times while González Amorosino made 22 linebreaks. The next two best were All Blacks Jerome Kaino and Richard Kahui who both made 17 linebreaks but played much more rugby, as did North, than the Puma. There was a second player from the Americas in the top ten with Canadian international outside centre, DTH van der Merwe breaking the line 15 times to be the eighth top linebreaker in the tournament.

World Cup Linebreaks
George North (Wales) 23
Lucas González Amorosino (Argentina) 22
Richard Kahui (New Zealand) 17
Jerome Kaino (New Zealand) 17
Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand) 16
Jonathan Davies (Wales) 16
Manu Tuilagi (England) 16
DTH van der Merwe (Canada) 15
Ma´a Nonu (New Zealand) 14
Cory Jane (New Zealand) 14
Maxime Medard (France) 14
Sean Lamont (Scotland) 14
Max Evans (Scotland) 14

With Thanks: www.rugbyfun.com.ar

1 comment:

  1. I'm sure I heard Ma'a Nonu was on top of this list on TV