San Juan.- “No, no, no.” Michael Chica He stretches his long bones, leans against the back of his chair and opens his eyes wide when asked how close the Puma came to Adarsh in his big 48-17 win over the Wallabies. “It played well, it was improved in many aspects compared to last week, but there is still a long way to go. You must not exaggerate.”, delimits in a mix of Spanish, Italian and English. On his side, Captain Julian Montoya Agrees: “There’s no such thing as a perfect match. We’re very happy with how we won, but the line didn’t work like Mendoza’s, we had a small bump that we didn’t have and the defense I still have things missing”.
The Australian put the brakes on the expectations that arose around the performance in San Juan. It is clear to them that the ultimate objective is next year’s World Cup and the phase of setting up the game system, building heads, adjusting details and evaluating players is still underway. The proof of the latter is that For the tour of New Zealand – yesterday, the Australian and Argentine traveled in charter directly to Sydney – figures such as Juan Imhoff, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Agustin Crevi and Francisco Gómez Codela were put to rest.,
The expectations that Cheeka enjoys, but the limits on which she puts it, belong to that historic Saturday that was spectacular in numbers and at stake. The Pumas woke up as the leaders of the Rugby Championship on Sunday after scoring the biggest win against a great player and making seven first-time attempts. Imhoff scored again seven years later, with Crewey reaching most of the test marks with light blue and white and Thomas Gallo, with only two games left, already the Puma who scored the most attempts against the Wallabies.
And we go to the game, which is the most important thing. In this five-Test series in Argentina – three with Scotland in July and two with Australia – The team evolved in relation to the previous years, adapting to a -3 to 2 win so far in the Cheeka cycle – and it took two series., The pumas attack and move on. They were rebuilt as a squad, options increased in each position, youth were given minute play and in general balance they offered long high-level moments. Players are seen on the pitch with more energy and more synergy. This is yet to be confirmed in each game. But all signs indicate that it is on the right track.
When Cheeka hits the brakes, it’s because he also knows—he’s a recognized psychic strategist—that it’s never too good to jump into extreme conquest, which is our favorite sport. Thomas Gallo Saturday was one of those to shine and is part of the future that comes from the Pumitas who played the 2019 M20 World Cup in Rosario and Santa Fe. Same dustbin of Santiago Chocobares, Lucio Cinti, Matteo Carreras, Marcos Moneta, Rodrigo Isgro and Ignacio Mendi, all part of Puma and Pumas 7. But Gallo has been compared to Rodrigo Roncero, the column is also left and highly mobile, but with a rich feel that Tucuman is just starting to move. Roncero played three World Cups, was part of the 2007 bronze and was champion in France. It’s too early to upload it to that location.
Anyway, Gallo appears in that position with Tetaz Chaparro as a variant. He is courageous, he tackles, he tackles, he has a lot of mobility, good skills and on Saturday he took an important test in scrum. At the age of 23 – he replaced him on April 30 – and a native of Universitario, Gallo plays for Benetton in Italy and on his debut for Puma he had already made two attempts against the Wallabies on the Gold Coast. In 2019, at the U20 World Cup, he scored one of those tries against France, which is repeated every now and then at the nets. Even more: He became Argentina’s prop for most World Cup tries in the category. He has a good star.
“The sensations I am feeling after the game and what I have experienced on the pitch are unbelievable. This is my first win in the Rugby Championship and also my first opening match, so I couldn’t be happier”, he told La Nacional as he along with the rest of his teammates prepared to tour two doubles with the All Blacks . And he added: “The beauty of all of this was how we won, to win the series, but also to do it here in Argentina in front of all the people, family and friends. It’s crazy, and for my club as well. “
Gallo started playing rugby at the age of 5 at the Universitario de Tucumán. Until M15 he did it as a scrum half. A year later he was promoted from eighth and at the age of 16 he moved to the first line. He also played as a hooker. One of his idols in Agustin Crevi, with whom only this year he was able to share not only the squad, but the first line.
“We have great hopes on this trip to Oceania. We are very confident, but we have to keep working and have faith in our process. I think with the team we have we can achieve great things” , he emphasized.
Gallo was one of the team’s many high points. Where Chica didn’t apply the handbrake is Santiago Carreras as an opening. “It’s already 10, plus 15 or Wing. He’s lucky to have Felipe (by Contepomi), who teaches him all the secrets of the situation. So now we have Nico (Sanchez), Benza (Urdpileta) and Tomas (Albornoz).
The mix that is being formed, which began to develop under Mario Ledesma’s management, begins to take the form of a great team. Without exaggeration, but to excite.
Now for New Zealand
With the return of Guido Petti, Benjamin Urdapileta, Meco Vivas, Eduardo Bello and Santiago Sosino, and the absence of Francisco Gómez Codela, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Mahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Juan Imhoff, Agustin Crevi and Lucas Paulos, Michael Cheeka appointed list of 32 players to travel to New Zealand -Via Sydney, where they will stay until Tuesday- to face the All Blacks in Christchurch on 27 August and the Rugby Championship in Hamilton on 3 September.
De la Fuente was injured while facing a try in Saturday’s test. He felt a puncture a few meters back – he even stopped – but he continued until he ended up inside Ingol. “I’ve never seen a player who does that,” Cheeca said, highlighting Rosario’s attitude. The rest who did not travel were given rest so that they too could return to their clubs.
These are the 32 selected for the series against the All Blacks:
Thomas Albornoz, Matthias Germanano, Lautaro Bazán Velez, Eduardo Bello, Gonzalo Bertrano, Emiliano Boffelli, Rodrigo Bruni, James Carreras, Lucio Cinti, James Lamb, Thomas Cubelli, Baptiste Delgue, Thomas Gallo, John Martin Gonzalez, James Grondona, Facundo Isa, Marcos Kramer, Thomas Lavanini, Juan Cruz Mallia, Pablo Matera, James Medrano, Lucas Mensa, Julian Montoya (captain), Mathias Moroni, Mathias Orlando, Joaquín Oviedo, Guido Petti, Ignacio Ruiz, Joel Sclawy, James Sosino, Benjamin Urdapileta long live.