Friday, January 10, 2014

Retro Friday - Agustín Pichot try saving tap tackle on Chris Latham

Argentina´s first tour after Rugby World Cup 1999 was to Australia and saw the South Americans take on the world champions in a two match test series in Brisbane and Canberra. The Wallabies were too strong in winning both matches to begin a year which saw Australia underline its status as the number one team in the world at the time. The Wallabies would win the Tri Nations in 2000 and 2001 and also defeat the British and Irish Lions in the 2001 series.

Before flying to Australia Argentina has hosted Ireland in Buenos Aires in a rematch of the Rugby World Cup 1999 Quarter Final play-off fixture which had seen Los Pumas eliminate Ireland to book a first ever Quarter Final. The 34-23 victory saw Agustín Pichot captaining the team in place of Lisandro Arbizu and his subsequent test would see him return to face the Wallabies at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane where he had made hi test debut in 1995.    

The 1995 fixture was a warm-up for the World Cup and was far from memorable from an Argentine perspective as the Wallabies completed a 53-7 victory in scoring seven tries to one. The one South American try was scored by the debutant Pichot and it was one better than what would be managed at the same venue in 2000 as the Wallabies scored nine tries to zero in a 53-6 romp.

The star was Chris Latham who scored four tries and could have scored a fifth. Indeed he looked to be on his way only for Pichot to make a crucial try saving ankle tap on the Wallaby fullback who had a clear run to the line. A much improved Argentina gave Australia a real test match the following weekend in Canberra but the home side was again too strong in completing a 32-25 victory. 

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