Player ratings: Broken Hearted

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:03
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OPINION: Argentina's hearts were left broken by a late Springbok comeback in their opening Rugby Championship encounter, however, they deserved more from the match.

They once again had their usual discipline problems and let them themselves down by poor defence in the final 10 minutes, but they were on the front foot for the majority of the game and held a 10-point lead going into the final 10 minutes of the game.

However, they ended on the wrong side of a 30-23 result.

Tauriq Ebrahim rates the Argentinian players!

15 Joaquin Tuculet
Made some exciting runs but his defence let him down at the end of the day.
5/10

14 Santiago Cordero
Had very little to work with, although he popped up at the right time for the try. Displayed an all-around game with two impressive turnovers.
6/10

13 Matias Orlando
Took his chance when the moment presented itself but he too, slipped a few tackles.
5/10

12 Juan Martin Hernandez
Put his hand up on defence, then again, it must be easy when your opposite number runs straight at you all the time.
6/10

11 Manual Montero
His defensive game needs some refining but this man has some wheels and racked up the metres.
7/10

10 Nicolas Sánchez
Pulled the strings, which led to their lead but could not maintain it over the entire 80 minutes.
6/10

9 Martin Landajo
Crisp service and kept pushing his team's tempo over a long period.
7/10

8 Facundo Isa
Got his side over the advatage line with almost every carry and was a thorn in the Springboks' side.
7/10

7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon
Another one of those players who were good with ball in hand but suspect on defence.
4/10

6 Pablo Matera
A very busy performance by making himself a nuisance at the breakdowns.
8/10

5 Tomas Lavanini
He could not hold onto anyone in the tackle situation and cost his team metres on attack.
2/10

4 Matias Alemanno
Can only be credited for the work he did on defence.
4/10

3 Ramiro Herrera
Took the brunt of a strong Springbok scrum as the match wore on but his match was characterised by his defensive work rate.
5/10

2 Augustin Creevy
The way he commands the team was something to behold and they looked flustered when he was taken off.
7/10

1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Ensured his opponent's demons remained above the surface and not buried.
5/10

Replacements:

16 Julian Montoya (on for Creevy, 63rd min)
Did not have the same impact as his captain.
2/10

17 Felipe Arregui
Not used

18 Enrique Pieretto
Not used.

19 Guido Petti (on for Alemanno, 56th min)
All he did was cost his team after being penalised on a number of occasions.
2/10

20 Javier Desio (on for Leguizamon, 64th min)
Same impact as the other forwards who came off the bench - minimal to none.
2/10

21 Tomas Cubelli (on for Landajo, 56th min)
Looked to continue Landajo's good work but he never quite had the same quality.
4/10

22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (on for Orlando, 76th min)
Not enough time to be rated.

23 Ramiro Moyano
Not used.