Argentina first high-profile nation to be knocked out of a World Cup that has now seen a record number of red cards
Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma will be camped out in front of the TV tomorrow praying that Tonga are somehow able to upset France in Kumamoto and give his side a chance at still making the quarterfinals.
In all likelihood, however, tonight’s comprehensive 32-10 loss to England will mean that Argentina will miss out on making the sudden death stages of a Rugby World Cup for the first time since 2003.
England outplayed Argentina across the park, but still only took a 12-point lead into the halftime break. Who knows what could have happened if Tomas Lavanini hadn’t made a dangerous tackle on England captain Owen Farrell in the 18th minute, forcing his team to play for three-quarters of the game with only 14 men?
It’s Lavanini’s 3rd red card in all internationals, which gives him the undesirable record of being the most red-carded player in Test rugby history.
The card also marked the 2019 World Cup’s 5th after just 24 games played.
Prior to the match, the four red cards dished out (to John Quill, Ed Fidow, Facundo Gattas and Andrea Lovotti) equalled the numbers handed out in 1995 and 1999. Now, 2019 stands alone – and we’re only halfway through the tournament.
Argentina came into the match knowing that they needed a victory to keep their campaign alive, on account of already losing to France in their first match of the tournament.
They started well, earning the first points of the game through a Benjamin Urdapilleta penalty.
That was basically it for the Pumas, however.
Jonny May struck for England just minutes later, then Lavinini was given his marching orders.
Elliot Daly and Ben Youngs also scored tries for England in the first half, with Youngs’ coming after the halftime gong.
England didn’t exactly dominate the second half, scoring three tries through George Ford, Luke Cowan-Dickie and the returning Jack Nowell, but Argentina never really threatened to make a game of it either – although Matias Moroni did dot down in the final ten minutes.
Ultimately, Ledesma will look back at the game as one that Argentina may well have been able to win if they had kept their full complement on the field.
England, on the other hand, are still looking for their first testing match.
The Pumas still have one last game to play at the World Cup, against the USA in 4 days time whilst England will play a pool-decider against France next Saturday.
RugbyPass recently sat down with Matt Giteau and Mike Tindall to discuss their former teams’ chances at the World Cup:
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What a great read. Players mature at different stages and words that may inspire some are far too cutting for others. Good coaches are so important to the career of young players. The ability to get into a player's head is a gift. But in the wrong hands this can be a disaster. There is so much emotional stuff going on with young players that it takes a really good coach to bring the best from them and inspire them to be the best they can be playing rugby and importantly the best person they can be as a person.Go to comments
Interesting read Nick, thanks. Is it a reality check for incomings and outgoings for the English clubs over money? a market correction? This is always a strange thing when it comes to what is still fundamentally recreation, a leisure pursuit. You could have the two divisions but the 2nd division will lose interest for the top flight of players. Maybe a random draw to create two pools that would lead to a play-off system? Have not thought it through but throwing it out there.Go to comments