Saturday, April 21, 2012

Martín Durand try vs France in 2004

Martín Durand
Former Argentine international backrower, Martín Durand was a small player for a forward but was well rounded with the techniques of the position. He stood at 1,81metres tall and weighed in at 96KG in his final year of international rugby. Durand was a long time serving player for his country, playing 60 tests in an international career that lasted eleven years and included two World Cup´s, 2003 and 2007. He made his test debut in 2007 vs Chile and was a try scorer. In total he scored nine tries for Argentina with possibly his try vs France in 2004 being the highlight. It was the first time that France had ever been defeated in a rugby match in the city. It was a key victory for Argentine rugby as captain, Agustín Pichot, famously called for the world to take notice, making reference to Los Pumas´lack of interational competition as the only Tier One side without a regluar competition, i.e. not a part of the Tri Nations or Six Nations Championships. 

In defeating France, Durand went over for the first try after Argentina´s frontrow which was comprized of Rodrigo Roncero, Mario Ledesma and Omar Hasan, had destoryed France´s scrum. Los Pumas won a tighthead from a French put-in five metres from the try line. With the scrum twisting French scrumhalf, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde was unable to secure the looseball and Durand went over for the try. Argentina won the match 24-14. Durant was also a try scorer in the 25-19 loss to New Zealand in 2006. Durand was also a professional player for four years, playing in the French Top 14 for Montpellier from 2003-2007. 

Preview France-Argentine 3 por Ju-for-rugbys

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting; I remember this.