Coach Mario Ledesma announced ten variations among the starters after the demanding tests of the last two weeks.
Mario Ledesma confirmed what had been anticipated during the last practices of Los Pumas: the time for the rotation arrived. After having defeated New Zealand and equaled Australia with practically the same team, the Argentine national team will take to the field with ten changes in the starters to face the All Blacks this Saturday, for the fifth date of the Three Nations 2020, this Saturday at 5.45 in our country in Newcastle, Australia. The objective, although difficult: to repeat the triumph of the debut to get even closer to the dream of shouting champion of the tournament for the first time.
There will be modifications on all lines. One was forced due to injury because Juan Imhoff suffered a torn left hamstring in the game against the Wallabies and will miss the remainder of the tournament. In his place will enter Santiago Cordero. While, Lucas Paulos, which will enter through Matías Alemanno in the second row, he will make his absolute debut with the light blue and white jersey.
Los Pumas will form with Emiliano Boffelli; Ramiro Moyano, Juan Cruz Mallía, Jerónimo De La Fuente, Santiago Cordero; Nicolás Sánchez, Felipe Ezcurra; Facundo Isa, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera; Lucas Paulos, Guido Petti; Santiago Medrano, Julián Montoya and Mayco Vivas.
On the substitute bench will be Santiago Socino, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Lucio Sordoni, Matías Alemanno, Santiago Grondona, Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Carreras and Lucas Mensa.
Tomás Cubelli, who had already missed the duel against the Wallabies last week due to a trauma to his right knee, he did not recover and was ruled out for the match.
“The most important thing is this game and, given the wear and tear of some players and in some cases, with boys with a lack of experience in playing several games in a row, 80 minutes and with opponents of this caliber, we also build the team based on players who do. they are used to playing this type of compromise, “explained Ledesma.
“We prepare the game thinking in which scenario it can be presented. But always from our beginnings, from our way of playing with the ball and without the ball. From our game with the foot. From our way of taking the initiative. Concentrating ourselves a lot in us. Already these days we let the boys take more prominence, they took over the team because we already provided the information at the beginning of the week. And these training sessions are more and more of them “, added the Argentine coach .
The Pumas accumulate a victory (25 to 15 against New Zealand in the debut) and a draw (15 to 15 with Australia in their second presentation) and have six points, like their two rivals. Although having played one game less, they depend on themselves to be champions. It would be enough for them to tie the two games. Although they could also be crowned if they win one and lose the other, in which case the bonus points would enter to play and, in case of equality, the points in favor and the converted tries.
New Zealand, which has just lost two games in a row (something that hasn’t happened since 2011), will also move some chips to face Los Pumas. Coach Ian Foster confirmed the starting team for this Saturday with three changes -all in the pack of forwards- compared to the last game, precisely the fall against the Argentines.
The selected oceanic will take the field with Beauden Barrett; Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Akira Ioane; Samuel Whitelock, Scott Barrett; Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles and Joe Moody. The alternates will be Codie Taylor, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Rieko Ioaney Will Jordan.
“We have had a great week building what will be a vital game for us. Argentina has shown two weeks in a row that it can compete at the highest level. It has grown, has good size and a lot of skill, so without a doubt we will enter with our eyes wide open, “Foster analyzed.
The All Blacks need a victory – the larger the better – to avoid running out of chances to win the title.