Friday, November 30, 2012

Los Pumas´s 24 tries in 2012

Photo: UAR Martin Seras Lima. 
Marcelo Bosch: Try scorer v France in Lille.
Excluding Argentina´s participation in the South American Championship, Los Pumas scored a total of twenty-four tries in the year of 2012. The twenty-four tries come from a total of fourteen matches, twelve of them being tests. The remaining two were warm-up matches for The Rugby Championship in which Santiago Phelan´s Pumas faced French club Stade Français twice in Argentina. The average of less than two tries per match will need to be improved in the future and should it indeed improve then Argentina should be able to win more matches now that Phelan has unearthered a quality goalkicker in Nicolás Sánchez. 

The twenty-four tries were scored by sixteen players. Eleven different players cored one try each while  Horacio Agulla*, Gonzalo Camacho and Rodrigo Roncero each scored two, Tomás Leonardí scored three and Juan Imhoff scored four. Imhoff´s four tries featured two at test level and two against Stade Français. As such the highest tryscorer for Argentina in 2012 was actually Tomás Leonardí and of his three tries only one was from him playing in the starting lineup. A curiosity is that while Horacio Agulla started in seven internationals on the wing he failed to score a try at test level. Conversely Gonzalo Camacho, Juan Imhoff, Manuel Montero and Belisario Agulla also all started on the wing for Argentina and all scored tries. The battering-ram ability of Horacio Agulla ought to be utilized in midfield with Phelan making better use of superior finishers with Imhoff and Camacho having had better success in scoring tries at test level. 

* Did not score in a test match.

Matches
Argentina v Italy, San Juan
Argentina v France, Cordobá
Argentina v France, Tucumán
Argentina v Stade Français, Buenos Aires
Argentina v Stade Français, Santa Fé
South Africa v Argentina, Cape Town
Argentina v South Africa, Mendoza
New Zealand v Argentina, Wellington
Australia v Argentina, Gold Coast
Argentina v New Zealand, La Plata
Argentina v Australia, Rosario
Wales v Argentina, Cardiff
France v Argentina, Lille
Ireland v Argentina, Dublin


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