Player ratings: Pumas stumble
Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:39
Argentina saw a famous victory slip through their grasp as Australia came from behind to secure a 23-19 victory on the Gold Coast.
In what is becoming a familiar pattern the Pumas played with passion in the first half to have the home team under serious pressure, but faded at the end and will be left disappointed as they had given themselves a great chance of causing an upset.
The visitors scored two quick tries to send the Wallabies scrambling just after half-time, but they lacked the accuracy to shut the game down and let Australia back into the contest.
We rate the Argentine players:
15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino:
Did not get many opportunities to run at the opposition and show off his ability with the ball in hand but was solid at the back.
14 Gonzalo Camacho:
An all-action display from the hard-working wing who was only on the field for the first half. Turned defence into attack when he stripped the ball off the opposition and broke free and tackled hard throughout with his defensive highlight coming when he held up Wallabies skipper Nathan Sharpe over the tryline.
13 Marcelo Bosch:
Marshalled the defence well again and made a few good breaks but did not get many chances in space and was fairly quiet on attack.
12 Santiago Fernandez:
A hard, direct game from the inside centre who did the basics well and showed good strength in the tackle but did not threaten much on attack.
11 Horacio Agulla:
Ran some good angles and tried his best to get involved but his handling let him down at times and he did not make much of an impact.
10 Juan Martin Hernandez:
Another ice-cool performance from the Pumas playmaker. His goal-kicking is still quite erratic, but his general play was very impressive. Controlled the game with his accurate tactical kicking but also attacked the gainline and opened things up beautifully in the build-up to his team's second try.
9 Martin Landajo:
Showed plenty of commitment and posed a threat from the base but was prone to sloppy moments and his kicking let him down at times.
8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe:
A fairly quiet outing for the skipper who did not do a lot wrong, but was not able to impose himself in the loose as he did against the Boks and All Blacks. A solid if unspectacular match for the consistent No.8.
7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon:
Attacked the ball on the ground and added some good touches to the Pumas' physical approach, grabbed an intecept pass and kicked a clever grubber on top of his work in the tackle.
6 Julio Farias Cabello:
Put the Wallabies under pressure at the breakdown and did well to finish off his try which was just reward for hard work as he provided good support throughout the match.
5 Patricio Albacete:
Showed some good touches in open play, linking well with his teammates, and was very solid in the set-pieces in another polished performance.
4 Manuel Carizza:
Provided a hard edge up front, but a few basic errors cost his team momentum. Some encouraging signs but he will want to improve his accuracy.
3 Juan Figallo:
A solid presence in the front row and gave his opposite number a hard time in the scrums, but can improve on his work in the loose.
2 Eusebio Guinazu:
A fairly erratic performance as his undeniable power was blunted by a few basic errors that crept into his game.
1 Rodrigo Roncero:
Another great game for the veteran who kept the pressure on up front and showed his value by contesting for the ball on the ground and getting through plenty of work on defence.
16 Agustin Creevy (on for Guinazo, 61):
Injected some physicality but a few skew line-out throws ruined the good work he did around the park.
17 Juan Pablo Orlandi (on for Figallo, 40 mins):
Penalised for hinging the scrum but got around well and had the Wallabies front row under pressure.
18 Leonardo Senatore (on for Farias Cabello, 74 mins):
Not enough time to be rated.
19 Toms Leonardi (on for Leguizamon, 49 mins):
Made an immediate impact with his charge-down try and stayed in the Wallabies' faces for the rest of his time on the pitch.
20 Nicolas Vergallo (on for Landajo, 61 mins):
A solid showing but could not create the spark that his team needed in the dying stages.
21 Martin Rodriguez:
22 Juan Imhoff (On for Camacho, 40 mins):
Showed incredible speed in the build-up to the second try, although he put a toe in touch, but was exposed on defence when the Wallabies attacked the blindside.
By Michael de Vries
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