Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ignacio Corleto Drop goal vs Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2003


As featured recently, Ignacio Corleto was one of Argentina´s best players at Rugby World Cup 2003. He got past Australian speedster, Wendall Sailor to score vs the Wallabies and very nearly made it two only for George Gregan to come up with a heroic tackle. Corleto was, at the time, joined Agustín Pichot, Diego Albanese and Felipe Contepomi as Argentina´s only backs playing for a top professional club and managing to get sufficient game time. Argentina were not able to repeat the performances of Rugby World Cup 1999 as Ireland defeated Argentina 16-15 with Ronan O´Gara putting Ireland one point ahead in the final minutes of the match. It was a highly tense affair with the only try of the match being scored by Irish backrower, Alan Quinlan who linked with hooker Keith Wood who had collected a loose lineout ball following a Pumas mistake from their own throw.

Argentina kicked two dropgoals in the match with the first going to flyhalf Gonzalo Quesada in the first half and Corleto slotting an unlikely kick in the second. Ireland were deep inside its own 22 and 22 and Ronan O´Gara kicked for touch but his kick was gathered by winger Diego Albanese before it had crossed the line. The try-scoring hero from Argentina´s win over Ireland four years earlier then passed infield to Corleto who kicked a massive dropgoal from 43 metres out from the goal posts and on an angle. It was not enough to get Argentina into the Quarter Finals but it came at a crucial time as Argentina were leading the match well into the secondhalf.

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