Focus Rugby Championship: Argentina

With the 2022 Rugby Championship on us we take a look at the form of the four teams involved, focusing here on Argentina.

What they did in July Tests

Argentina won a hugely exciting upcoming series against Scotland 2-1, to give new coach Michael Cheika the perfect start in charge of Los Pumas.

The former Australian mentor had acted as 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 string of tough results.

Against a team of comparable strength, Argentina were always going to bank on home advantage giving them the edge, which proved crucial in the end. Argentina won the first match comfortably 26-18, with Scotland then hitting back with an impressive 29-6 win in the second Test.

The third decider in the Test then saw Scotland take a 28-13 lead early in the second half, only for the hosts to be pushed back by boisterous home support, eventually securing a 34-31 victory.

The result saw Argentina claim their first three Test series wins over Scotland and their first home Test series win since 2007.

What they did at Rugby Champs in 2021

It was another dismal performance for Argentina in the 2021 Rugby League as they again finished as wooden spoons as they lost every game in the competition.

It’s been a constant struggle for the Argentine since joining the competition in 2012, with only one claiming the wooden spoon once, in 2015.

The 2021 edition, however, proved to be an even more difficult experience than usual for the Argentines, who did not play any home games due to the Covid pandemic, playing two games in South Africa and four in Australia.

They were duly dismissed by the world champions 32-12 and 29-10 in the first two games at Gqeberha, before being beaten 39-0 and 36-13 in their next two games against the All Blacks.

Heading into the final two games of the competition, Argentina would have hoped for better luck against hosts Australia, but instead succumbed to 27-8 and 32-17 defeats to end a hopelessly poor performance, in admittedly difficult circumstances.

2022 Rugby League Schedule

August 6: Mendoza v Australia

August 13: San Juan v Australia

August 27: Christchurch v New Zealand

September 3: Hamilton v New Zealand

September 17: Buenos Aires v South Africa

September 24: Durban v South Africa