The coach explained that in the next game against the New Zealanders the team will need “energy and freshness.”
The Pumas drew a 15-15 draw against the Wallabies in their second appearance at the Three nations after having defeated the All Blacks in the debut. Several players, such as Nicolás Sánchez, Juan Imhoff and Emiliano Boffelli mainly, ended the game with discomfort and probably that will make the national team coach, Mario Ledesma, have to make some adjustments for what is to come.
“We are going to wait for what the physiotherapists tell us, but also from the beginning the plan we had was rotate in the third game and give other kids the opportunity to play. What we need today is energy and freshness, “acknowledged the coach.
In order to compete in the Three Nations, Los Pumas had to go through three training bubbles in different countries -Argentina, Uruguay and finally Australia- and arrived at the competition with almost no rhythm of competition: they only played two friendlies against an alternative Australian team, taking into account account that the main players were already called to the Wallabies.
“This was something that was going to happen to us, taking into account the conditions in which we prepared ourselves, the only thing that now appeared a little earlier. We are going to study with the physical trainers and the staff and we will see what decisions we make,” explained Ledesma in reference to the game that comes before the All Blacks next Saturday at 5.45.
As for how he had seen the team in the draw against Australia, Ledesma stressed: “I am very proud of all the players: those who entered, those who did not enter and those who went to train today and yesterday afternoon. We had a difficult week and we arrived tired. The truth is that we were very imprecise. ”
And he delved into the analysis: “When I was talking to the boys after the game, they told me that they were all very tired. After what happened last week (the epic victory against the All Blacks), it was a lot to ask them to do a again. similar effort. Australia knew about this and wanted to capitalize on it, that’s why they played us side by side and all the fast lines: they wouldn’t let us accommodate ourselves “.
Finally, he stressed: “I am very proud of what the boys did today spiritually, it was a matter of believing and continuing to believe. We started the second half with three penalties and a yellow foul for Juli Montoya and the boys continued to believe. What we perceived was that if we put a little pressure on the scoreboard, things could change. Our first three points appeared in the second half, they began to doubt a little and things did not go so easy for them. Besides, we had to Nico Sánchez, who at this moment is walking above the water “.