Friday, February 22, 2013

Retro Friday - Agustín Pichot try v Barbarians in 2000

Most famous for his leadership and on field organization of Los Pumas in Rugby World Cup 2007, Agustín Pichot became known as an outstanding captain who had his forwards under firm control. He was voted the best scrumhalf in the history of the Rugby World Cup by social network users on Facebook and Twitter with the memories of 2007 no doubt aiding him in winning public  support. At the World Cup in France Pichot was into his final season as an international player. His final test being Argentina´s victory over France to win the Bronze Final. Overall Pichot had a tremendous World Cup but one bad pass was costly as he passed low to Juan Martín Hernández who knocked-on as he recieved it at ankle height. He then tried to kick it away only for South Africa to pounce on the opportunity to score a decisive try. That moment aside, Pichot was fundamental in Argentina´s success at the tournament and in the years leading up to the tournament. 

He first left his mark on the world in 1997 when Argentina defeated Australia in Buenos Aires. Two years later the world was treated to a small, sharp running player who was able to dart over to score good tries against Japan and France. The lasting memory of Pichot in tears following Argentina´s Quarter Final elimination made the 2007 campaign all the more significant. It also saw his stock rise significantly as he bacame a far more recognizable player and went on to greatness after moving from England to France. Before the World Cup in 2007 Pichot became the first non-Frenchman to lead a club to the Top 14 title. At 

Pichot darted over for the first of the Parisians two tries in the final and also impressed by playing a stereotypical Pichot match by comanding the pack ad linking well with his flyhalf, Hernández. But at this stage of his careeer he lacke dth pace that had been noteworthy in earlier years. His try for the Barbarians against South Africa in 2000 was such a case in point. Pichot demonstrated good pace to finish off a break as he got passed three South Africa defenders to score as Robbie Fleck attempted a tackle. The match was played at the Millennium Stadium in December 2000.


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