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Player ratings: Argentina

Los Pumas player ratings: Argentina put on an impressive display against Spain at the Civitatis Metropolitano in Madrid, leaving their opponents chasing shadows throughout the match played in high temperatures and high pace.

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Here’s how we rated Argentina:

15. Juan Cruz Mallia
Another try scorer, Mallia’s counter-attacking prowess was on show as he exploited gaps in the Spanish defence. His solid positioning at the back ensured a reliable last line of defence, although he was rarely tested here.
8/10

14. Rodrigo Isgro
Isgro’s positioning and support play were noteworthy, allowing him to capitalize on the team’s attacking movements, even if he didn’t find his way onto the scoresheet here.
6/10

13. Matias Moroni
Moroni’s defensive work was top-notch, shutting down any attempts from Spain to break through the midfield. Another Newcastle player, the centre may not have had the toughest day at the office but was pretty ruthless nonetheless.
7.5/10

12. Santiago Chocobares
Chocobares’ distribution and line-breaking ability added significant flair to Argentina’s backline. His partnership with Moroni outside him created opportunities that Spain struggled to contain in the first half.
7.5/10

11. Mateo Carreras
An awesome display in the Spanish capital. Carreras showcased his electric pace and agility, consistently beating defenders at will. Scored his latest international try in the 29th minute.
8.5/10

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10. Nicolas Sanchez
A near-flawless kicking performance from Sanchez, who controlled the game superbly, admittedly off an armchair ride from a super-dominant forward pack.
8/10

9. Tomas Cubelli
Cubelli’s snappy service and decision-making at the base of the ruck kept the Spanish defenders guessing. His ability to dictate the tempo of the game was key to Argentina’s fluid attacking movements and his score just before halftime was fully merited.
8/10

8. Facundo Isa
Isa impressed, as he consistently made ground with his ball carries. The 29-year-old’s link-up play with the halfbacks was crucial in maintaining Argentina’s attacking shape and he claimed a try off the back of a rolling maul that the Spaniards couldn’t repel.
8/10

7. Marcos Kremer
A brute among men, he dominated the breakdown and showcased his abilities as a no-nonsense threat with ball in hand. His powerful ball carries and his high-end physicality stood out.
8.5/10

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6. Rodrigo Bruni
With Pablo Materia missing, Bruni had to put on a show, and he did. His relentless tackling and breakdown expertise disrupted any chance of the hosts creating anything like a rhythm, allowing Argentina to maintain a vice-like grip on the game.
8/10

5. Pedro Rubiolo
A more than solid outing. Rubiolo’s work rate and commitment were evident as he tirelessly get through a mountain of work. His contributions in rucks and mauls didn’t go unnoticed.
7.5/10

4. Guido Petti
Petti’s dominance in the lineout and his physical presence in the tight exchanges were pivotal. He consistently punched holes in the Spanish defence and got over the ball well.
8/10

3. Eduardo Bello
Bello’s scrummaging was pretty much flawless, putting the Spanish front row under immense pressure at times. The 120kg Newcastle prop showcased no little athleticism with dynamic ball carries that set the tone for Argentina’s attacking momentum.
7.5/10

2. Agustin Creevy
The veteran’s experience shone through as he led the forward pack with gusto. His lineout throwing was on point, and he was a force to be reckoned with in open play despite his advancing years.
7/10

1. Joel Sclavi
Sclavi anchored the scrum with authority, providing a platform despite brave resistance from a doughty Spanish scrum. His work rate around the park was decent and he found himself on the scoreboard as a result.
8/10

Replacements
The substitutes injected fresh energy into the game and maintained the high standard set by the starting line-up. Jeronimo de la Fuente and Santiago Grondona stood out, although Grondona left the field limping badly. Martin Bogado was also on fire.
8.5/10

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