Rugby Championship Spotlight: Argentina

From 2022 rugby championship us, we look at the form of the four teams involved, with the focus here on Argentina.

What did you do during the July tests?

Argentina had an extremely exciting 2-1 run against Scotland, giving new manager Michael Cheika the perfect start for Los Pumas.

The former Australian coach has been an assistant to former head coach Mario Ledesma for the past two years, but took over the reins earlier this year after Ledesma stepped down after a tough run of results.

When faced with a team of comparable strength, Argentina would always bet on home advantage, giving them an advantage that proved decisive in the end. Argentina confidently won the first game 26-18 and Scotland then bounced back with an impressive 29-6 victory in the second test.

Then in the third Test decider, Scotland took a 28–13 lead early in the second half, but the hosts were pushed back by loud host support, eventually taking a 34–31 win.

As a result, Argentina secured their first three Test series victory over Scotland and their first home Test series victory since 2007.

What they did at the Rugby Championship in 2021

It was another sad result for Argentina in the 2021 Rugby Championship as they again finished with wooden spoons as they lost every match in the competition.

Argentina have been in a constant struggle since joining the competition in 2012 when they only failed to claim a wooden spoon once in 2015.

However, the 2021 edition proved to be even tougher than usual for the Argentines, with no home matches played due to the Covid pandemic, playing two games in South Africa and four in Australia.

They were duly rebuffed by the world champions 32-12 and 29-10 in the first two games at Geberh before losing 39-0 and 36-13 in the next two games against the All Blacks.

Heading into the final two games of the competition, Argentina were hoping for better luck against hosts Australia, but instead succumbed to a 27-8 and 32-17 defeat, ending a desperately poor record in admittedly dire circumstances.

Rugby Championship 2022 Schedule

6 August: Mendoza v Australia

13 Aug: San Juan – Australia

27 August: Christchurch – New Zealand

3 September: Hamilton v New Zealand

September 17: Buenos Aires – South Africa

September 24: Durban – South Africa