Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rodríguez Gurruchaga returns for Mendoza

Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga
Returns at Fullback
Santiago Phelan has made one change to the Pumas starting XV for Argentina´ second match of the Rugby Championship. After having an up and down performance in Cape Town Lucas González Amorosino has been replaced by Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga. It is the onle change to the starting lineup which appears to be a conservative selection. Argentina did not play badly against South Africa in the first match but did not shine either and on attack there was not a lot beyond Juan Martín Hernández and Gonzalo Camacho. The return of Rodríguez Gurruchaga could well be motivated by a second reason, goalkicking. He is a more reliable option than Juan Martín Hernández but only slightly.

The team named by Phelan is a strong indication that Argentina´ game plan failed to work in Cape Town and that he is confident that it is the right way to play so has decided not to make major changes. One noticable weak point from Cape Town was the speed in which the Pumas were getting to the breakdown. South Africa were notably faster with neither Alvaro Galindo nor Julio Farías Cabello being competitive enough in this area of play. A possible solution was to replace one or both with Tomás De La Vega being a good option to combat the Springboks at the breakdown. Another option was to start Tomás Leonardí who had a good impact from the bench in the secondhalf. Juan Manuel Leguizamón has not recovered in time and will now have to wait until Argentina travel to Oceania to make his debut in The Rugby Championship. Similarly, Agustín Creevy remains out of action and should also return for the trip west. 

The reserves are yet to be confirmed. 

1 Rodrigo Roncero
2 Eusebio Guiñazú
3 Juan Figallo
4 Manuel Carizza
5 Patricio Albacete
6 Julio Farías Cabello
7 Alvaro Galindo
8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
9 Nicolás Vergallo
10 Juan Martín Hernández
11 Horacio Agulla
12 Santiago Fernández
13 Marcelo Bosch
14 Gonzalo Camacho
15 Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga

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