Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pampas XV Impress with convincing win over Waratahs U20 in Sydney

Crédito: Fernando Moroni/UAR
Former Puma Martín Gaitan
Future Argentine Super Rugby franchise Los Pampas were far too strong for the Junior Waratahs side today as the South Americans completed a 57-12 thrashing by scoring nine tries to two. It was the second of two warm-up fixtures for the Argentine players ahead of the Pacific Cup in which Los Pampas will debut in on March 2. 

Added interest and expectation has been placed on Los Pampas XV due to the recent confirmation that an Argentine franchise has been backed by the Super Rugby organiziers to join the competition in 2016. The partipcation, or not, of the Argentine side now rests with the three unions - Australia, New Zealand and South Africa whom will ultimately say yes or no to Argentina´s involved. 

Saying no is not likely as it would question the recommendation made on Thursday in Sydney. It would, in other words, be akin to the IRB not rubber stamping the Rugby World Cup LTD´s recommendations for Rugby World Cup hosts which wuold have seen them turn down England 2015 and Japan 2019 and, therefore, be a PR disaster. 

The Argentine squad involved with the Pampas at present is mainly a list of young players whom are to be the spine of Los Pumas in several years time. Many players are so young that they were involved in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship. Come 2016 they could well be approaching their primes and will for the Argentine Super Rugby franchise in combination with many returning players from Europe. 

The match played earlier today offered insight into which plays may have the requried X-Factor to succeed in Super Rugby and, indeed, represent Argentina at the senior level in 2014 and the World Cup. Several players boosted their chances against the Gen Blue side (Waratahs under 20´s) this morning. The South Americans marked nine tries in the big win with centre Matías Moroni and winger Manuel Montero both scoring a double. 

The first try was scored in the third minute of play by captain of the day, Tomás Cubelli. The scrumhalf performed well to further challenge Martín Landajo for the number 9 Pumas shirt. After a pick and go move Los Pampas XV held a 14-0 lead in the 20th minute with Tomás Ramirez scoring and the South Americans then demonstrated one of their strongest weapons with Santiago Cordero scoring an impressive try. 

The Argentine side held a 24-12 lead and it became larger in the 52nd minute with second-rower Matías Alemanno crossing. Patricio Fernández landed the conversion in what was a kicking display that passed the mark. He was on target two minutes later following the first of two second half tries by Moroni who was joined by Montero in also crossing twice in the second half.

The Argentine side will next play on March 2 in what is to be the first ever match of an Argentine team in the Pacific Cup. It will be against the Brumbies A which is to be the reserve players from the Brumbies Super Rugby franchise. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Paul,

    Good to see Pampas XV hitting their stride… although I fear they may not make it to Super rugby (see comment below—copied and pasted from my original comment on your article titled: SANZAR approve Argentina to join Super Rugby in 2016):
    Thanks for your post Paul. I'm an All Blacks fan and was initially delighted to hear the news of an Argentine team in Super Rugby... although I was somewhat cynical given my deep distrust of rugby politics and a lot of myopic attitudes that sadly seem to prevail in the boardroom. This decision by SANZAR was a pleasant surprise...however, when I learnt that all the three unions had to approve the proposal I rolled my eyes... as much as I'd like all three unions to approve the new 17 team tournament, I strongly suspect self-interest will prevail... and the article I've just read from further fuels my cynicism towards the attitudes at the top end of the game:

    What makes me really angry is the breath-taking ignorance of some of the comments in the article... the idea that Argentina won't be good enough... how they think a team full of Argentinian internationals will be competitive is beyond me!... and then the assertion that an Argentinian franchise wouldn't interest NZ fans I find ridiculous... it'll add a new dimension to the competition if anything... the comments stated in the article are so far from my own (apart from Steve Tew's words right at the end!), and frankly I feel embarrassed by most of them... while I do understand the concerns about player welfare, presuming that the 17 competition will be round robin (with teams alternating who they play home and away over a two year cycle, as was the case in Super 12 and Super 14), then each team will ONLY have to travel to Argentina once every year... I can't see how that's that much different from what they're already doing when they go to South Africa...

    If the NZRU or any other SANZAR union blocks this proposal, I don't think I'll bother following rugby anymore... the constant efforts to frustrate the development of the game have made me bored and cynical towards the whole thing... football, golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball etc (although I prefer rugby as a sport to these) are much more competitive in terms of the number of top quality sides, both at international and club level...

    Hopefully the interests of the world game will win over parochial self-interest... if it doesn't, then I don't think I have the stomach for any more...

    Keep up the good work on the blog mate :-)