|Photo - UAR Rodrigo Vergara|
The result of the match could hardly have been worse for Argentina - a home loss by almost forty points. It did not look like it was possible in the first quarter of the game as Argentina had the better of play and, again was the first team to score. The pace of the All Blacks play was too strong, however, and the New Zealanders completed a huge win to claim the first ever Rugby Championship. Argentina played differently. Like against Australia on the Gold Coast the South Americans were playing far more open rugby. It was high risk and at La Plata it proved to be extremely high risk as Pumas errors resulted in numerous All Blacks tries. The first New Zealand try was a basic mistake at the ruck. The third was from a dropped ball from Gonzalo Camacho while the second and fourth were simply from the All Blacks putting extra players where there were not Pumas defenders. The others were from Argentina not defending well enough. All were preventable but Argentina need time to adjust to the pace of such rugby.
In contrast both of Argentina´s tries were created by Los Pumas. They were not the result of opposition mistakes. The first was arguably the best of the match and quite possibly the best of the tournament. Montpellier fullback, Lucas González Amorosino entered the line and broke clear following a lineout in the Pumas half. After getting past three players he was tackled by a fourth and able to off-load to Martín Landajo before a ruck had been formed. The scrumhalf did the rest, out passing tightforwards to score the games first try. The second was scored by Gonzalo Camacho after fellow winger Horacio Agulla had taken a quick tap on a penalty and gone to within ten metres of the tryline. Camacho ran from scrumhalf and went between two frontrowers to score.
The occassions, however was a significant one. The campaign for Argentina to host Rugby World Cup 2023 well and truely recieved support. The state of the art Estadio Unico was packed and the crowd was vocal but humble. They did not ciriticize the Pumas players nor respond in a negative manner to the All Blacks. La Plata is a crucial piece in the puzzle of putting together Rugby World Cup - Argentina 2023 and the potential of Argentina hosting continues to look stronger.