Argentina coach Mario Ledesma praised Santiago Carreras’ performance after the 23-year-old excelled for the Pumas in his new opening half role against New Zealand in their rugby championship clash in Brisbane Saturday. Carreras was transferred from full-back following an injury to Nicolas Sanchez during last week’s meeting with the All Blacks, and he did not disappoint despite Argentina suffering a second loss. back-to-back against Ian Foster’s team.
“It had been a while since we wanted to play him at No 10 and for various reasons we didn’t,” said Ledesma. âBut we were pretty confident and he had a very good week in training, very good energy, very committed.
âHe was blocked a few times coming out of our half, but other than that I thought he played really well.â (He) had some really good breaks, we also scored a try with a kick clinic so that he can be proud. of his performance. “
Ledesma had criticized his side in preparation for the game after being unable to score points against the All Blacks in the teams’ first meeting. An improved display allowed Ledesma to congratulate his players before turning to the Townsville meeting on Saturday with Australia, who enter the game after securing successive victories over world champions South Africa.
âDefinitely an improvement and very proud of the effort and the commitment,â he said. “Big jump from last weekend, but we still have to improve. You don’t have a lot of chances against a very good team like the All Blacks. The efficiency has to be up to par.”
“We are focusing on ourselves,” he added. âWe had a few bad games in the hop so we are really focusing on improving ourselves. We are playing against a team that is really confident, that has beaten the world champions twice. Today I thought they were dominating. really the game. We’re going to study this very closely, but we’re playing a different beast than last year. ”
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