Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rugby Championship: Pumas deactivate attacking South African Maul

Photo Wales Online
Having won a lineout just five metres out from the Argentine tryline South Africa would, in theory, have been in a very solid position to create a try. Upon taking the lineout  replacement Eben Etzebeth turned to present the ball to his teammates but rather than advance in a rolling maul the South Africans were forced several metres backwards and into touch. Calling the defensive play was Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe who headcoach Daniel Hourcade had positioned in the middle of the lineouts. The Toulon back-rower read the move and saw the maul quickly deactivated. In previous Rugby Championship fixtures such a position had tended to see Argentina tactically caught out.     

1 comment:

  1. That was an awesome piece of defence! Hopefully they'll show us more of the same in Salta, plus great attacking moves which end in tries this time (none in Pretoria sadly, despite coming so close on various occasions). Against Ireland, Scotland, Grenoble and the Blue Bulls development side, they finished off some great moves.

    However, beware the Springboks' comeback. Those guys will be angry having played so badly on Saturday. They'll be looking for a bonus point win. My heart hopes it doesn't happen, but my head says the Springboks will step up a gear and cruise to victory (yawn). Here's hoping Argentina can win a game against the big three... at last.