Los Pumas’ message ahead of the key match with Samoa: “Do not underestimate them”

Los Pumas’ message ahead of the key match with Samoa: “Do not underestimate them”

“Do not belittle them”warned the Argentine scrum half Tomas Cubelli about Samoarival to whom The Pumas They will face each other on Friday Saint Etienne in a decisive duel for the team’s chances of advancing to the quarterfinals rugby world cup.

“I don’t know if I would look for Samoa’s weakness; I would look for how to bring our game to them, so that our game feels very good against them, and if we can take it to the court it gives us many possibilities. And not belittle them”he stressed Cubelli at a press conference.

The Pumasdirected by Michael Cheikaprepare calmly in La Baule (West of France) the second duel of the group Dafter leaving a bad image in front of England in the debut (defeat 27-10).

“What basically changed was understanding that unforced errors have consequences in the game. We believe and trust in the game plan, the way we play and everything we have been working on for a year and a half”explained the assistant coach Felipe Contepomi on the digestion of the initial stumble.

“Samoa is a physical team. We all know the naturalness or intuition that the islanders have, something that all the (Pacific) Island teams have”continued about the next rival.

“This Samoan team is very well coached, with good fixed formations. They are more structured in the fixed formations, in how they leave their field. They have certain classic, basic structures, in their way of playing. The physical potential is what most predominant of them. They have very good players”he analyzed.

Samoa started in the world with a victory against Chili by 43-10 Saturday.

Contepomi did not rule out introducing changes in the XV that will take to the pitch of the Geoffroy Guichard stadium.

“We are always open to modifications. The training sessions we propose are to compete for a position. All of them, the 33, are selectable. Yesterday we had training, another tomorrow and after those the coaches will meet to decide the team”said.

The pillar Mayco Vivasa bulk of 1.87 meters and 122 kilos, also spoke before the press.

“They have a good pack, very strong, very dominant. We are going to go and fight there. They have very good players, with experience in the All Blacks and other teams”responded about Samoa.

“The Samoans in every team where they are are the ball-carriers. Now they are adding players who have been in good Super Rugby franchises and in renowned teams. But they offer us opportunities if we manage to dominate the game”continued Cubelli.

“By moving the ball and playing on our terms we can cause damage and put the focus there”the scrum half finished.

Source: Ambito

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