Seven days after defeating Georgia, Los Pumas faced off against World Cup hosts, New Zealand in the fourth and Final Quarter Final. The winner would go through to face Australia at the Semi Final stage. The host nation was the only undefeated team still in the tournament as the three other Semi Finalists (Australia, France and Wales) had all lost a during the pool stage. This underlined New Zealand´s position as favorites to win the tournament and the All Blacks were expected to be too strong for Argentina in the Quarter Final match at Auckland. Most of the talk during the week leading up to the match had been about Argentina´s late win against Scotland and the post World Cup inclusion of Argentina in what would be an expanded Tri Nations.
New Zealand had been rocked by the loss of star flyhalf, Dan Carter in the lead up to the All Blacks match vs Canada. But Argentina were hardly entering the game in the best possible manner. Argentina were without their own star flyhalf as Juan Martín Hernández missed the entire World Cup. Argentina were also missing two French based backrowers to injury - Juan Fernández Lobbe and Alvaro Galindo which meant two of Argentina´s starting backrowers vs New Zealand were Argentine based players. A loss of players, however, is no excuse in a World Cup, less so in a Quarter Final and Argentina crafted a game plan to try to topple the All Blacks. The plan proved to be highly effective on defence as New Zealand struggled to break the line and took over three quarters of the match to score a try.
|Leonardo Senatore on the break|