Friday, October 25, 2013

Retro Friday - Federico Martín Aramburú scores v France in 2007

Federico Martín Aramburú played two matches at RWC 2007
After coaching Argentina from 2000 the career of Marcelo Loffreda came to a close in Paris in 2007 in the Bronze Final of the Rugby World Cup. The tournament for the South Americans was closing the same as it had begun as Argentina was facing the host nation in the capital. Having been eliminated by South Africa in an underwhelming performance Argentina came out on top by defeating France 34-10.

The style of rugby played by Los Pumas in the match was not consistent with that which had been employed in earlier matches. Part of the downfall in the Semi Final can be attributed to Argentina trying to play differently against the Springboks from what had been a tight approach that centred on organized forward play and the direction and expertise of Argentina´s best ever 9-10-12 combination of Agustín Pichot, Juan Martín Hernández and Felipe Contepomi.

After changing tactics and not delivering against South Africa the players took a day off to get back their smile. Together with family members in France at the time Los Pumas went to Disneyland Paris before returning to training with an eye on making history by finishing third in the World Cup. The experiment was a huge success as Argentina´s players were as focused as ever and produced a game plan which caught France off guard to see Argentina command the match. 

Argentina scored five tries with Contepomi getting two while Omar Hasan, Ignacio Corleto and Federico Martín Aramburú crossed for one try each. The pick of the tries was scored by Aramburú. The former Biarritz, Perpignan, Dax and Glasgow Warriors centre / winger finished off a superb counter attack that began from inside Argentina´s own half when Corleto picked up a loose ball. The former Stade Français fullback ran close to the French 22 and passed to Manuel Contepomi who produced a basketball style pass which found Patricio Albacete. The Toulouse second-rower who fed Hernández who was able to throw a long pass cut-out to his right which found Rimas Alvarez Kairelis who attracted defenders before feeding to Aramburú who got past Frédéric Michalak and Jerome Thion to score in the right corner. 

Aramburú replaced Lucas Borges in the starting lineup for the fixture. He had previously started against Georgia in Argentina´s second match of the pool phase and scored a try. Aramburú remained in the Pumas in the post Loffreda era playing six tests in 2008 and two in 2009. His final test appearance was at Murrayfield in Argentina´s 9-6 victory. In total Aramburú played twenty-two test matches for Argentina starting seventeen times and scoring eight tries. At professional level he captained both Dax and the Glasgow Warriors.

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