The Pumas beat Spain in the last game before the Rugby World Cup

The Pumas beat Spain in the last game before the Rugby World Cup

The Argentine national team of rugby, The Cougarsdefeated today, categorically, his pair of Spain 62-3 in a friendly match that was the last test match prior to their participation in the World Cup in France 2023which will begin on September 8.

The match, which was played at the Atlético de Madrid club stadium, on the occasion of the centenary of the Spanish Rugby Federation and was directed by referee Andre Brace of Ireland, had a favorable partial of 31-3.

In today’s match, Los Pumas scored four tries in the first half through fullback Juan Cruz Mallía, prop Joel Sclavi, wing Mateo Carreras and scrum half Tomás Cubelli.

In the complementary part, Los Pumas added five more conquests achieved by the third row, Marcos Kremer, the admitted Jerónimo De la Fuente, Martín Bogado (2) and the third row, Facundo Isa.


For his part, the midfielder from Tucumán, Nicolás Sánchez, contributed a penalty and seven conversions.

In the final balance, the Argentine dominance was overwhelming – he scored nine tries – against a rival with little international contact, showing order, discipline and offensive capacity in its positive aspects to seal a large and clear victory.

The tackle, the dominance in the fixed formations and the effective task of his midfield partner, Tomás Cubelli and Nicolás Sánchez, on his return to Los Pumas gave him an effective and fast game that he had not seen in recent games.

The dominance of Los Pumas was clear from the start, with great dynamics from their players: at the beginning Nicolás Sánchez opened the scoring with the conversion of a penalty, minutes later Juan Cruz Mallía scored the first conquest after a cross kick from Sánchez.

The Pumas continued to be the protagonists of the actions and the second try scored by prop Joel Sclavi arrived, both conquests converted by Sánchez, showing clear forcefulness.

At 24 minutes, in a new advance of the three Argentine quarters, Mateo Carreras came off to mark the third conquest and which was converted again by Sánchez to seal the 24-0 partial.

Spain discounted with a penalty converted by Gonzalo Vinuesa.

The Pumas kept up the siege to get to mark their fourth conquest, in an individual play by Rodrigo Isgró that enabled the scrum half Tomás Cubelli and which was converted by Sánchez to leave the partial 31-3.

In the second half, Los Pumas continued to dominate and with the forcefulness of Rodrigo Isgró and the admitted Martín Bogado they were close to adding the fifth conquest but were stopped by the Spanish defenders.

The Argentine monologue continued in all the actions of the game, the third row Marcos Kremer- in his return to Los Pumas- at the exit of a maul added the fifth try, and minutes later, in a great run, the entered Rosario Jerónimo De la Fuente supported another try, one of them converted by Sánchez.

The Pumas managed the times and the ball to reach two new conquests through Martín Bogado and Facundo Isa.

The negative data was the departure of the third line Santiago Grondona, who injured his left knee and leaves doubts about his participation in the 2023 World Cup in France.

The figure on the field was the scrum half and captain Tomás Cubelli, who started for the first time this season.

In addition to scoring a try, his task of leading the opposing game and enabling his teammates was solid.

The third line, Facundo Isa, the prop Joel Sclavi, the second line Guido Petti and the effectiveness and aim of the midfielder from Tucumán, Nicolás Sánchez, who scored a penalty and added seven conversions, also stood out.


The Spanish team, made up of eight Argentine players and whose next coach will be the Argentine Pablo Bouza, did not participate in any Rugby World Cup.

The Pumas defeated the “Leones” for the fifth time: three times in the city of Madrid and the remaining two times in Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata.

The Pumas will return tomorrow to the city of Faro, Portugal, where they will continue to concentrate with clear hopes of defeating runner-up England in their debut in the 2023 World Cup in France.

Subsequently, the Argentine delegation will travel on September 2 to Ville de La Baule, a city located 450 kilometers from the city of Paris, to refine its preparation for the start of the 2023 World Cup in France.

The Pumas will share Group D together with the representatives of Chile, Japan, Samoa and England -world runner-up-, who will be the rival of the debut on September 9 at the Stade de Marseille.

The Pumas in their second appearance at the 2023 World Cup in France will face the powerful Samoan national team, on Friday the 22nd in Saint-Etienne; on Saturday the 30th against Chile, in Nantes; and finally, in the same city, against Japan -a revelation in the last two World Cups- on Sunday, October 8.

Source: Ambito

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