'This is an abject failure for NZ rugby' - How Twitter reacted to Los Pumas seismic win over the All Blacks
It was Argentina’s first test in more than a year – following on from the defeat of the US at the 2019 World Cup – but they made an electric start in Australia with Stade Francais flyhalf Sanchez dotting down in the 19th minute after collecting his own chip to dive under the posts.
A couple of penalties from Sanchez, together with a resolute Los Puma’s defence that repeatedly contained the All Blacks, and it started to seem like an upset could be in the offing.
A try apiece for captain Sam Cane and winger Caleb Clarke wasn’t enough for the All Blacks to claw the game back and Mario Ledesma’s men hung on a memorable victory at the Bankwest Stadium. Like Ireland’s first win over New Zealand in 2016 in Chicago, it marks a notable upward shift for Los Pumas, who can truly now sit at world rugby’s top table as genuine equals.
The rugby community on Twitter went into overdrive, of course.
— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) November 14, 2020
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 14, 2020
Matera: “We’re used to this. Everything is hard in Argentina…we want to show people that if you fight and you work hard, you get what you fight for.”
Matera: “We’re used to this. Everything is hard in Argentina…we want to show people that if you fight and you work hard, you get what you fight for.” #NZLvARG
— Beth Newman (@bethknewman) November 14, 2020
Full strength @AllBlacks
COVID smashed underprepared Argentina.
This is one of the biggest wins you will ever see.
Tears from the Argies. This is moment of a lifetime stuff.
25-15 win!!! #NZLvARG
— Ben Kimber (@benkimber) November 14, 2020
The ‘feels’ hitting the Argentina players was a sight to behold. Pumas head coach Mario Ledesma getting choked up with emotion at the final whistle, well, had everybody getting choked up:
Pure emotion ?
— Fox Rugby (@FOXRUGBY) November 14, 2020
Many questioned why the Springboks chose to not compete in this year’s Tri Nations, with the undercooked Pumas more than a match for the All Blacks. “Argentina’s performance today makes a mockery of the Springboks not wanting to travel for The Rugby Championship because they haven’t played since the world cup.”
Argentina's performance today makes a mockery of the Springboks not wanting to travel for the The Rugby Championship because they haven't played since the world cup. #NZLvARG
— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottlieb) November 14, 2020
This video from Los Pumas detailing how they prepared for the game while in lockdown goes viral:
So this is how you prepare to beat the All Blacks…
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) November 14, 2020
The general mood was one of overwhelming joy for Los Pumas, combined with a good deal of hand wringing from All Blacks fans and New Zealand pundits.
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) November 14, 2020
That is an incredible result for the Pumas. Congratulations to Argentina. No rugby since March w/ the Jaguares for most of these players against a ‘full strength’ AB side. Wow. This is an abject failure for NZ Rugby given the circumstances of both sides. #NZLvARG
— Ben Smith (@bensmithrugby) November 14, 2020
Just a phenomenal game of rugby.
— Brett McKay (@BMcSport) November 14, 2020
Wow watching the last 20mins of All Blacks v Pumas game. Fair play Argentina, defence has been immense in this last 20. All Blacks look to be making too many little errors! Well done Pumas
— mike tindall (@miketindall13) November 14, 2020
If you aint got nothing nice to say keep it moving. They tried their best & on the day the Pumas played better and deserved the win. Its that simple.
— Lima Sopoaga (@LimaSopoaga) November 14, 2020
The happiest man in Australia right now ?
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) November 14, 2020
2020 just keeps on giving.
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