Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Los Pumitas defeat France in IRB Junior World Championship

The continued growth of Argentine rugby was evident again on the global stage as the country´ junior team, Los Pumitas defeated their French counterparts 18-15 to start the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship with a bang on Monday. Not only did Argentina impress in scoring two good tries, but the Pumitas defence was rock solid as the French failed to score a try. All of France´ points came from the boot of Eric Escande who continues the French tradition of being a goalkicking scrumhalf. His five penalties were all scored in the first half. Argentina´s two tries were scored in contrasting fashion with secondorower Leandro Ramella scoring a pushover try and inside centre Juan Cappiello finishing off a brilliant break from fullback Santiago Cordero who looks like a future Puma without question. He could well be starting for Argentina at Rugby World Cup 2015 in a back-three combination including the young Manuel Montero. For his part, flyhalf Sebastián Poet kicked two penalties and a conversion, scoring eight points. 

The match, played at the University of Western Cape Stadium in Cape Town was a part of Pool C which also features Australia and Scotland. The Australians had few problems in dismantling Scotland 67-12. The two results set up a clash between Argentina and Australia this coming Friday with the winner to all but guaranteed to win the group. 

1 Santiago García Botta
2 Santiago Iglesias
3 Matías Díaz
4 Leandro Ramella
5 Juan Cruz Guillemaín
6 Gaspar Oberti
7 Pablo Matera
8 Facundo Isa
9 Felipe Ezcurra
10 Sebastián Poet (captain)
11 Ramiro Finco
12 Juan Cappiello
13 Juan Ignacio Brex
14 Felipe Nougués
15 Santiago Cordero

1 Sebastien Taofifenua
2 Raphael Carbou
3 Pascal Cotet
4 Bastien Chalureau
5 Paul Jedrasiak
6 Alexandre Derrien
7 Kelian Galletier
8 Karl Chateau
9 Eric Escande
10 Enzo Selponi
11 Bastien Fuster
12 Jonathan Danty
13 Jimmy Yobo
14 Yohann Artru
15 Theo Platon


  1. WOW....what an absolute joy to watch....

    his feints are like those of Russian ballet artist in the Bolshoi....he just ran through a well organized french defense as if a group of grey haired ladies enjoying tea with scons....more like Wayne Gretzky on skates than a rugby player....there were no gaps.... but he created all the space he needed....

    please someone tell SANZAR the Pumas need an affirmative action plan to place three of our best....cubelli....montero....and now cordero !!

  2. One of the Argentine's tries remembered me to the historic try of Lucas González Amorosino vs. Scotland in the 2011 RWC. Hugs. Néstor