Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pampas XV stage second half show to comfortably claim their second Vodacom Cup win

The Pampas XV overcame the Border Bulldogs in pouring rain for their second win of their Vodacom Cup defence, but had to comeback from a half time deficit to comfortably win the match.

The first half was not easy for the Pampas XV though, despite tries from Javier Rojas and Mariano Galarza who both wriggled over from short range the Border Bulldogs managed two tries of their own and had a 20-12 lead until the 40th minute but from that point the Pampas XV ran away with the match and the Bulldogs didn't get another point on the board and the Argentines scored 34.

Pampas consiguió su segundo triunfo consecutivo UAR
The Pampas XV looked impressive
in the second half and may be getting
some momentum leading into some
big matches coming up
One of the bright spots of the Pampas XV campaign so far has been the performance of the two scrum halves both of whom have looked good and should be challenging for a spot in the Pumas squad, Tomás Cubelli was impressive in the last match against the Eagles, and in this match Martín Landajo impressed with a masterfully placed chip kick over the Bulldogs defence to set up Javier Rojas to score his second try.

After that bit of scrum half skill was magical, the Pampas XV really began to get their rhythm in the rain and score some great tries. Rodrigo Bruno scored from an individual effort, showing great pace running 45 metres from the back of a scrum to score. A bald number 7 rampaging up the pitch brought back memories of Rolando Martín who was a great and underrated part of the Pumas side in the late 1990's and early 2000's which the current side has a large part to thank for them earning a spot in the Tri Nations.

The fifth try was from very good link up play by the front rowers and Javier Rojas, Emiliano Coria showed good accelaration for the initial break and offloaded to Rojas and Bruno Postiglioni a front row known to have quite some speed finished with a fantastic side step. Winger Vuyo Mbotho won't be happy about being sidestepped by a prop however.
Pampas XV
Ramiro Moyano set up the last try

The last try was set up by a Ramiro Moyano chip kick for Javier Rojas to complete a hat trick which leaves Rojas the joint top try scorer of the competition so far. A noticeable tactic of the Pampas XV this season has been the chip kick and it has worked very well for them, and set up four tries in the last two matches.

The result is satisfactory for the Pampas XV who scored some very good tries in the second half when they clicked. The Argentines now will have a series of harder matches coming up which will be a bigger test for these players, next week they face Boland who have the same record won two lost one as them and beat the SWD Eagles by 20 points on Saturday.

TriesRojas (11, 50, 81), Galarza (26), Bruno (58), Postiglioni (75)Basson (20), Krause (37)
ConversionsMadero (27, 51, 58, 76, 82)Kruger (21, 38)
PenaltiesMadero (40, 43)Kruger (5, 14)

Pampas XV: 15 Ezequiel Faralle (Ramiro Moyano 54), 14 Matías Orlando, 13  Gabriel Ascárate, 12 Javier Rojas, 11 Manuel Montero (Facundo Barrea 74); 10 Benjamín Madero (Santiago González Iglesias 57), 9 Martín Landajo (Tomás Cubelli 61); 1 Robrto Tejerizo (Franciso Piccinini 57), 2 Emiliano Coria, 3 Germán Aráoz (Bruno Postiglioni 50); 4 Santiago Guzmán (Julio Farías Cabello HT), 5 Mariano Galarza; 6 Genaro Fessia, 7 Rodrigo Bruno, 8 Tomás Leonardi (Juan Pablo Lagarrigue (54)

Border Bulldogs: 15 Logan Basson, 14 Quinton "Chucky" Norris, 13 Chumani Booi, 12 Dwayne Jenner (Arthur William Williams 47), 11 Vuyo Mbotho; 10 Louis Kruger, 9 Ntando Kebe (Lesley-Dean Luiter 18); 1 Blake Jonathan Kyd, 2 FJ Binneman (Khwezilokusa Mkhafu 21), 3 Armon Fourie (Marius Visser 28); 4 Ben Venter (Adam Wessels 51), 5 Samora Fihlani; 6 Clinton Koen, 7 Gareth Krause (Rynardt van Wyk 64-67 blood), 8 Lubabalo Mzwakali (Rynardt van Wyk 78)


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