Saturday, April 20, 2013

Los Pumitas complete history making series win over the Baby Boks

Photo: UAR
Nothing lasts forever and in the case of South African rugby there is no longer a case to be made that suggests South Africa has a better junior team than Argentina. The three match sereis has come to a close with Argentina doing the unlikely by coming back from a first match defeat to win the second and third. It was not only a series win over a Tier One side, with a stronger reputation than that of Argentina, it was also a series win over the reigning Junior World Champions. The Baby Boks won last years IRB Junior World Championship and did so after winning the Semi Final against Argentina by a landslide scoreline of 35-3. It came after Argentina had impressed by defeating France, Scotland and Australia in win the Pool.

After squaring the series with a 42-27 win over the Baby Boks on Tuesday in Corrientes Los Pumitas gave La Plata reason to look forwward to special things from Los Pumas in the future. The 27-22 victory featured three tries with Joaquín Paz, Patricio Fernández and the wonder-kid Santiago Cordero all touching down. Fernández scored the remaining points as he converted all three tries and also landed two penalties. South Africa´s points came from Stefan Ungerer, Robert du Preez, Justin Meduld and Neethling Fouche.

Should the teams meet in the 2013 Junior World Championship in France it would be in the final rounds as South Africa has been drawn in Pool A alongside England, France and the USA while Argentina will play in Pool C against Samoa, Scotland and Wales. The tournament kicks-off on June 5. Argentina will play its pool matches in Nantes.


  1. It is a historic win that confirms the absolute success of the Pladar system (at least in the youth setup).
    Interesting players overall, especially were the Pumas lack depth: tighthead prop (Diaz), hooker (iglesias), lock (Lavanini, a beast btw),flyhalf (Fernandez), center (Paz) plus Cordero and a very promising backrow.
    That said, please don´t exagerate: "Nothing lasts forever and in the case of South African rugby there is no longer a case to be made that suggests South Africa has a better junior team than Argentina"
    The Boks were missing a couple of their best players, including Serfontein (Best youth player 2012) due to Super Rugby. Also, these kids will play SR no time, huge difference with the semi-pro Pampas.
    Pichot said a few weeks ago that 2013 will be the last year in the Vodacom cup due to financial reasons. They want to play the pacific rim, but nothing is confirmed. This could be an issue in the long run because our home based players need a proper competiton to develop.

    1. It is open to interpretation. On the one hand Argentina has the braging rights now over South Afica at under 20 level due to having won the series by two games to one. On the other it could just be a flash in the pan, but, it is entirely up to the individual to decide.

  2. Series win. You beauty

  3. Well a couple of months ago I commented about the possibility of an upet in the south american champs at the end of this month.

    With the pampas 15 securing a qt final in the vodacom cup, "Argentina D" recently slamming Uruguay in Uruguay and now this, there ain't a chance that's gonna happen.

    Junior RWC this year anyone thinks? 2019 RWC in Japan?

    1. The youngsters coming through the ranks do give reason to be optimistic and, whoever takes the field in the CONSUR A matches will be good enough to defeat Brazil, Chile ad Uruguay by sizeable scorelines.

      Any team that can defeat the reigning Junior World Champions by two games to one is a contender for the IRB Junior World Championship while a lot of the players will be in the senior squad come 2014. In the past the Pumas World Cup teams have tended to rotate every two tournaments. Many players left after 2007 and few after 2011. But this time around there is an improved platform thanks to improvements domestically with PladAR, Sevens and Juniors.