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Player Ratings: Pumas power

The Pumas were leading 16-12 well into the second-half and it took a try from Aaron Smith on 56 minutes to regain the lead for the All Blacks.


It was an inspirational display from the South Americans and it will certainly hand them some confidence heading into the rest of their pool matches. 

Los Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade will be a happy man despite the loss to the World Champions.

Andrew Duncan rates the Argentina players!

15 Joaquin Tuculet:

Looked dangerous with ball in hand and was a constant threat from the back. 


14 Santiago Cordero:

Supreme aerial skills taking many high balls and man marked Julien Savea excellently. 


13 Marcelo Bosch:

His usual self on defence closing down the All Black backline quickly. Didn't offer a lot on attack.



12 Juan Martin Hernández:

A great day at the office for the magician – silky offloads and a dangerous runner. 


11 Juan Imhoff:

Didn't see as much ball as he would have liked to but tackled like a mad-man.


10 Nicolas Sanchez:

A mixed bag from the pivot but all round a good display and top quality kicking from the tee.


9 Tomas Cubelli:

Snappy service, sniping gaps and offloading. A great game from the lively scrumhalf.



8 Leonardo Senatore:

Massive game from the burly loose forward – a textbook No.8 display.


7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe:

Starting to find the form he lacked in the Rugby Championship. He was busy around the rucks and was often a link in general play.


6 Pablo Matera:

His work-rate was high providing the backs with clean ball to play with – didn't see much of him with ball-in-hand which is usually a sign he is doing the dirty work.


5 Tomas Lavanini:

Was a go-to in the line-outs and worked hard in the tight-loose.


4 Guido Petti:

A promising start for the youngster, scored Argentina's try and then went off concussed. 


3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro:

His scrum power was huge for the Pumas winning a number of crucial penalties at key times.


2 Agustin Creevy (captain):

Phenomenal display for the skipper. A huge ball-carrier for Argentina and so difficult to bring down first time. He got the Pumas over the advantage line, scrummed well and was accurate in the line-outs. 


1 Marcos Ayerza:

Scrummed well but a couple of wild passes in play hurt his rating.



16 Julian Montoya (on for Senatore, 64th min):

Came on at the unaccustomed No.8… did his best. 


17 Lucas Noguera Paz (on for Creevy, 69th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

18 Ramino Herrera (on for Tetaz Chaparro, 53rd min):

Continued where Tetaz Chaparro left off and operated in the engine room. He also had an impressive carry or two.


19 Mariano Galarza (on for Petti, 22nd min):

Really stamped his mark, had an absolutely huge first-half carrying the ball, linking well and cleaning out rucks. 


20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon (on for Matera, 57th min):

Brought in a much needed burst of energy when the game began to slip from the Pumas. He was very prominent but very ordinary.


21 Martin Landajo (on for Cubelli, 61st min):

Tried hard, didn't do anything wrong but also didn't provide the spark that Cubelli did. 


22 Jerónimo Sanchez

Not used.

23 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (on for Tuculet, 69th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

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