Player ratings: Puma pain

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 02:40

Argentina were left deflated after suffering a 54-15 demolition at the hands of the All Blacks in front of their home crowd.

The Pumas started brightly and opened the scoring with a stunning try, but they battled to keep up with the world champions and found themselves playing some reckless rugby trying to chase the game.

The pressure exacted by New Zealand saw Argentina make far too many errors, and they were made to pay by the ruthless visitors.

We rate the Argentina players:

15 Lucas González Amorosino
Added an attacking spark with his blistering pace off the mark and got good distance with his kicks but showed some defensive frailty. His explosive break set up the first try and he showed a willingness to take the All Blacks on throughout the match.

14 Gonzalo Camacho
Came off his wing and looked for work which was rewarded when he forced his way over for his try. Showed great strength and determination in the tackle but was caught out of position a few times.

13 Marcelo Bosch
Made some important tackles as he marshalled the defence again but battled to get enough support to shut the All Blacks down. He found some gaps and showed a few good touches as well.

12 Santiago Fernández
Not at his best, he did not really attack the gainline and shifted the ball too early which meant that the Pumas were very lateral without much penetration.

11 Horacio Agulla
A tough day at the office as his opposite number ran in a hat-trick. He did not get many chances on attack but showed good kicking ability.

10 Juan Martín Hernández
A disappointing game for the playmaker who made a few basic errors that cost his team momentum. Did well to hit a gap on the counter-attack but also missed touch and his handling let hm down at times.

9 Martín Landajo
provided a constant thorn in the side of the All Blacks by running into space at pace. He showed great awareness to finish off his try and was fairly neat in his distribution.

8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
Not his most effective performance, the skipper showed plenty of commitment and competed ferociously but lacked the accuracy required to make a serious impact.

7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón
A ball of energy, he flung himself at the opposition and showed some deft touches as well but was unable to slow the All Blacks' ball down.

6 Julio Farías Cabello
Showed good commitment and worked hard right until the end but battled to impose himself on the opposition despite his high workrate.

5 Patricio Albacete
He fought hard and refused to be bullied by the All Black tight five. Delivered good clean line-out ball throughout the game and deserved more from his teammates for his efforts.

4 Manuel Carizza
Made one crunching tackle on Richie McCaw and worked hard in the tight exchanges but struggled for consistency and went missing at times.

3 Juan Figallo
Was put under pressure by Tony Woodcock and got penalised for playing the ball on the ground.

2 Eusebio Guiñazú
A powerful outing, he was solid in the set-pieces but fell off the pace somewhat as the game wore on.

1 Rodrigo Roncero
A typically industrious performance, he tackled hard and gave no quarter in the tight but did not get many opportunties in loose play.


16 Agustín Creevy (on for Guinazu, 58 mins)
Put his body on the line in defence but was left largely frutrated as the visitors ran rampant.

17 Marcos Ayerza (on for Figallo, 70 mins)
Not enough time to be rated

18 Tomás Vallejos (on for Carrizza, 58 mins)
Made his fair share of tackles and got around the park well in his time on the pitch but had few opportunities on the front foot.

19 Tomás Leonardi (on for Leguizamon, 52 mins)
Injected some urgency but battled to turn the tide as the All Blacks ran rampant in the last quarter.

20 Nicolás Vergallo (on for Rodriguez, 75 mins)
Not enough time to be rated

21  Martín Rodríguez (on for Amorosino, 66 mins)
Not enough time to be rated

22 Juan Imhoff (on for Agulla, 49 mins)
Did not get many opportunities to show what he can do when given some space as the All Blacks finished strong, and got shown up a bit on defence.

By Michael de Vries