The Pumas still face Australia with four changes. Photo: Juano Tesone.
Work during the week was instrumental for Michele Sheika and the future of The Cougars. On Tuesday the players completed a day of physical training and on Wednesday they carried out a key training to define the formation that on Saturday will face Australia at the Bicentennial Stadium from 16:10 for the second round of the Rugby Championship.
The changes were already in sight, although we still had to wait for Thursday’s free practice to confirm the names. Finally, it will bring us the rematch against the Wallabies four variants by the Argentine team to try to strengthen the functioning of a team that started very well at the debut in the southern hemisphere tournament but ended up losing 41-26.
In this way, Michael Cheika organized the entry of Gonzalo Bertrano as the scrum-half of Tomás Cubelli. On the other hand, the first line Tommaso Gallo will go from the beginning of Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Mattia Moroni will replace Matías Orlando as center e John Imhoff it will enter through Santiago Cordero.
Captain Montoya takes center stage: Puma train in San Juan. Press photo of the UAR
The XV that Cheika stopped for the second day of the Rugby Championship are: Tomás Gallo, Julián Montoya (C) and Francisco Gómez Kodela, Matías Alemanno and Tomás Lavanini, Juan Martín González, Marcos Kremer and Pablo Matera; Gonzalo Bertranou and Santiago Carreras, Juan Imhoff, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Matías Moroni and Emiliano Boffelli, Juan Cruz Mallía.
There will be heavyweight players on the bench. There, Agustín Creevy, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joel Sclavi, Rodrigo Bruni, Tomás Cubelli, Tomás Albornoz and Lucio Cinti will wait their turn.
Pablo Matera, Matias Orlando and Cordero had worked differently for a dosage of loads. And you understand it the inclusion of Juan Imhoff will be the most decisive to regain importance in the team Argentine.
Speaking of this variant, the Australian Cheika considered in the press conference on Thursday: “At the beginning of the week the physical problem that Cordero suffered was harder and despite having improved a lot, we thought we would give Imhoff a chance, since is he is a great player and we want him to have his chance against this type of opponent.
Juan Imhoff, an income by weight. Photo: UAR Press.
With the intention of bringing the Los Pumas back to the world stage, the coach of the national team said that “the goal is to prepare for the 2023 World Cup in France by winning matches and gaining confidence in our possibilities”.
On the entrance of the propeller Thomas Gallo, who currently plays for the Italian Benetton Rugby franchise, commented that “it is because on Wednesday he trained very well and earned the opportunity to start. Tetaz Chaparro also trained very well and he will be ready to finish the game ”.
“We tried to give everyone a chance in training this week to show who, within the strategy for Saturday’s match, is ready for the match. Some have earned the opportunity in training and with others it can be a bit tactical, ”Cheika explained.
Michael Cheika defined the changes for the second match against Australia Photo: Juano Tesone
On the rematch after the defeat against Australia in Mendoza, he said: “Saturday’s game will be an incredible battle and Australia realized the power of the Los Pumas during the first sixty minutes, but this time we will have to be focused throughout. the match .”
The Australian coach has a lot of work ahead of him. And he knows it. “It’s about improving all things, in the scrum, the maul, the throw-ins and the rucks so that we can be competitive in every game,” he said.
On Saturday, Argentina made their league debut against Australia, at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, losing 41-26. This will be the 38th match between Los Pumas and Wallabies with a clear advantage for the Oceanians of 28 wins against six and three draws.
After Saturday’s game, the Pumas will visit the All Blacks in the cities of Christchurch and Hamilton on August 27 and September 3, respectively. Finally, they will meet the reigning world champion South Africa on September 17th in Buenos Aires and the rematch will be on the 24th of the same month in the city of Durban.