Argentina player ratings: An evening to forget from top to bottom

Argentina's Juan Cruz Mallia during a Test. Credit: Alamy
Argentina's Juan Cruz Mallia during a Test. Credit: Alamy

Following 14-man England’s 27-10 win over Argentina in the Rugby World Cup encounter in Marseille, here’s our ratings for Los Pumas.


15 Juan Cruz Mallia: The recipient of a nasty head collision that saw Tom Curry sent off. Mallia did not make much of an impact otherwise and could not handle the aerial bombardment. 4

14 Emiliano Boffelli: The sharpshooter kicked one penalty from the tee and missed the other with a poor strike before a late conversion. Absolutely drilled by the high ball and kick chase in an evening to forget. Not the performance expected from a player of his calibre. 4

13 Lucio Cinti: Contributed to the poor handling statistics for Argentina but was committed in his effort throughout. Unfortunately, that amounted to little. 4

12 Santiago Chocobares: Solid on defence as he made eight tackles but super clumsy with ball in hand as two knock-ons suggest. A promising star but one who must learn from this evening. 4

11 Mateo Carreras: Disappointing outing from the elusive winger who strangely kicked it out on the full in the first period in a situation where he could have backed his running ability – an incident that typified his outing. Looked flustered when kicked on and was not his best on a whole. 3

10 Santiago Carreras: Silly and reckless in the late charge attempt that resulted in a yellow card. Arguably cost his team critical momentum during that period. Comprehensively outplayed by his opposite number George Ford. Needed to take charge of the game and make the most of the numerical advantage but failed to do so. 3

9 Gonzalo Bertranou: A tricky game for the scrum-half who played decently but never had too much to work with. At times it seemed he was a little rushed by the English defence. Did not get much chance to build phases. 5

Penalty conceding machine

8 Juan Martin Gonzalez: Like almost all of his forward partners, he gave away a penalty. Elsewhere he made six tackles and missed two in a relatively uninfluential outing. 4

7 Marcos Kremer: Made double figures with his 10 tackles but gave away a penalty in the process. Little to no influence in the carry, much like the rest of the team. 4

6 Pablo Matera: Nullified very well by England but still disappointing to see such a big character in the game be unable to stand up in the circumstances. Argentina needed a strong, passionate outing from the superstar but didn’t get it. 4

5 Tomas Lavanini: Added to the penalty count with one whilst not really making a great influence otherwise. A very uninspiring day. 4

4 Matias Alemanno: The only forward not to concede a penalty but had little else to show for his efforts. 4

3 Francisco Gomez Kodela: It was tough at scrum-time for the big man who found it difficult not just in the set-piece but also just to get into the game in any significant way. 4

2 Julian Montoya: Defended bravely making 12 tackles but also gave away two penalties. Could not make a difference at the breakdown where his team desperately needed him. 5

1 Thomas Gallo: Showed a bit of impetus in the carry where possible but, like his prop partner, was under pressure and conceded two penalties as a result. 4

Replacements: Whilst Rodrigo Bruni came off the bench and scored the game’s only try, there was not much impact from the bench. The dynamic of the game was well set when most were introduced and no one managed to turn the tide. 4

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