The strong performance from Los Pumitas in the recent series win over the Baby Boks put forward Argentina as a title contender for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France. Argentina´s 2-1 series victory sent out a warning to the big players in global rugby that Argentina´s Semi Final finishing campaign in the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship was not a flash in the pan. In the 2012 edition of the tournament Argentina won its pool and did so against highly respected opposition which included Australia, France and Scotland. A number of players have gone on to be included in the future plans of Argentine rugby with fullback Santiago Cordero even making the tour squad for Europe last November.
Cordero was back at the junior level against Scotland yesterday. He started the match at fullback and formed a back-three with other potential Pumas, notably Rodrigo Etchart who scored Argentina´s second try of the match with a brilliant solo effort as he showed Sevens skills to carve his way through the Scottish defensive line. It was the third try of the match after Argentina had scored an early penalty try and Scotland had hit back with a try to Jamie Farndale in the right hand corner. Scotland recovered well to score its second try before flyhalf Patricio Fernández put Argentina in firm control with three penalties. Cordero then got a half break and linked with Fernández who combined with scrumhalf and captain Felipe Ezcurra for a long range score. Superb interlinking led to Fernández socring in the left corner as Argentina again completed a well-worked backs try which started from inside the Pumitas own half.
The final score of 44-13 included four tries which saw the South Americans collect a bonus point. Argentina will face Samoa on Sunday in the second match of the campaign for both nations. Samoa´s first round match was not the country´s most memorable with Wales hammering the Pacific Islanders 42-3.