Forget Pumas’ triumph over the All Blacks, their greatest triumph was against the Springboks in Mendoza
CAPE TOWN – The rugby world identified it among the best upsets in the history of the game when the Pumas beat the All Blacks for the very first time. However it wasn’t.
Sure, it was a well-known and lovely win, but there have been better Pumas success, with the most obvious the Pumas triumph against the world champion Springboks in Mendoza in 2018.
At that time the Pumas were given their due. The Springboks were pasted for being shocking and the season’s earlier house series win versus England was identified an incorrect dawn.
When I talked to Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus the day after the 32-19 defeat, he acknowledged the result was not appropriate however he asked me to attempt and look at the video game as an observer and credit the Pumas for an unique opening 45 minutes, when the hosts led 32-7. He also said I needed to review the video game aesthetically and do an evaluation of Australian referee Angus Garden enthusiast, who generally permits the Pumas carte blanche at the rucks and hardly ever penalizes their ill-discipline. Erasmus had a point on both counts, but there was no denying the finest group on the day won.
Fast forward to Sydney a week ago and the best group also won, however who did they beat? They beat an All Blacks team that presently can’t be compared in quality to Richie McCaw’s 2011 and 2015 World Cup winners. The guys in black in Sydney were a pale replica of McCaw’s mighty gladiators, who controlled worldwide rugby for a decade.