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The historic victory of Los Pumas against New Zealand at the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney left several comments for comment and one of them occurred when the wing and captain of Los Pumas, Pablo Matera, had a verbal exchange with the referee of the match, Angus Gardner.

Gardner, who is Australian, called Matera along with the New Zealander player Shanon Frizell and he asked them to say: “They were pushing each other, please stop,” referring to a tense crossing that both had previously held.

But it didn’t stop there because the Australian referee then went directly to Matera and snapped: “Pablo, you are the captain, I need to see your leadership and you don’t show it. We need you to show leadership and not be pushing players. ”

Faced with this situation, Matera picked up the glove and responded quickly: “I can’t see that he hit one of my team, that’s not respect. I play for my country and that’s not respect.”

Gardner understood the Argentine captain’s explanation, but he continued along the same path, reminding him: “I understand what you are saying, but you can’t go around getting involved in those things being the captain, I need leadership.”

This action happened very early in the game, three minutes into the first stage and when the score was still 0-0. Fortunately, things calmed down and Matera, along with the rest of the Argentine team, was able to build a historic performance that will be engraved forever in the memory of national rugby.

Matera emerged from the Alumni Association, then he had a stint in English rugby when he played for Leicester Tigers between 2013 and 2015, to later make a stop at Jaguares and finally at Stade Francais, the Parisian team in which he has Nicolás Sánchez as a teammate, who he excelled by scoring all of Los Pumas’ points in the win against the All Blacks.

Considered a “world-class player”, Matera is one of the best players in his position and when he left Jaguares he was in the crosshairs of several European teams that wanted to add him to their ranks, although he opted for Stade Francais.




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