New Zealand, Australian, English and French media highlighted the great performance of those led by Mario Ledesma.
The remarkable victory that Los Pumas achieved this Saturday against the All Blacks in Sydney for the third round of the Three Nations not only generated a colossal impact in Argentina, but also in Australia and New Zealand, where the media echoed a historic triumph .
“Vamos Los Pumas” (thus, in Spanish), reported the New Zeland Herald, who assured that the team led by Mario Ledesma “dominated the All Blacks from the beginning” and highlighted that “the first triumph of Los Pumas over the All Blacks will be celebrated across a proud rugby nation, but it also deserves the highest recognition for the circumstances in which it arrives. “
“That they did it in Sydney, after spending two weeks in quarantine and playing a game for the last time 402 days ago, says a lot about the achievement. The tears of many of his players, and of coach Mario Ledesma, tell everything about what this means for Los Pumas, ”he explained.
“What a nightmare for the All Blacks,” said The Southland Times, which harshly questioned the task of the oceanic team: “There can be no excuses for the defeat of the All Blacks against Argentina, with a chaotic display during the capitulation in Sydney, one of the the most disappointing men’s matches in black jerseys in recent memory. ”
But he also handed out praise for the winners: “The Argies not only had fire in their bellies, it was as if there were embers burning in their guts as they lunged at the New Zealanders in the rucks and rushed out of the defensive line to blow up the runners. of the ball. No one could stop the blue and white tide while the passionate South Americans rejected everything that was thrown at them ”. And he sentenced: “Argentina, and no one should forget this, was outstanding.”
In Australia the hit was no less prominent. “The dazzling flash will long live in the memory of those who were at Bankwest Stadium and Argentines everywhere, as Ian Foster’s All Blacks were humiliated in a way rarely seen,” noted The Sydney Morning Herald.
“A crowd of 9063 people attended a masterclass by the tenacious Pumas, whose 25 points all came from number 10 Nicolás Sánchez,” he added. On the celebrations, he explained: “The players ran towards the fans in the stands, danced and sang as if they had just won the World Cup, while Ledesma struggled to hold back tears.”
“The great setback in the history of international rugby”, headlined the Australian Daily Telegraph, which considered that the New Zealand team had been “crushed”. “Argentina made all the rugby fans in the world smile – well, maybe not the Kiwis -” he joked. And The Weekend Australian highlighted: “The Pumas of Argentina have emerged against all odds to achieve their first victory against the All Blacks.”
“An inspired Argentina beat the All Blacks for the first time to open the race for the Three Nations title,” reported The West Australian. “Led fiercely by wing and captain Pablo Matera, Los Pumas dominated in almost all facets,” he evaluated on the “moving victory.”
The impact also reached Europe, where media from countries with a great rugby tradition also echoed this result. “Argentina produced one of the biggest surprises in rugby history,” stated the British Daily Mail. “Sanchez was the key player of the game, but it was an effort of 23 men who frantically boarded, shook like hell and ran the ball with confidence throughout the 80 minutes,” he added.
In France, L’Equipe reported that “Argentina tamed New Zealand and gave itself a prestigious victory” with a “monstrous Sánchez” who “took care of everything.” “The formation trained by Mario Ledesma was imperial from beginning to end, both in attack and defense, against the rebels All Blacks, who made too many mistakes,” he considered.