Argentina held on, bravely, for almost 70 minutes before succumbing to a late England rally in their opening World Cup match in Dunedin on Saturday.
In a brutal arm-wrestle - which saw key playmakers Felipe Contepomi and Gonzalo Tiesi leave the field with injuries in the first half - a Ben Youngs try in the 68th minute broke the Puma hearts.
But there were plenty of heroes in a brave Puma performance.
Jan de Koning rates the Argentinean players!
15 Martin Rodriguez:
Had a few decent runs and one great linebreak. However, he kicked just two out of seven at goal - a shocking performance.
14 Gonzalo Camacho:
He had some really strong runs, breaking tackles almost at will and made good ground. He was often seen helping out at the breakdown as well.
13 Gonzalo Tiesi:
Was very solid till be left the field just before half-time. Argentina looked disjointed after he joined captain Felipe Contepomi on the sideline.
12 Santiago Fernandez:
Was well marshalled by England captain Mike Tindall and later became just a link.
11 Horacio Agulla:
He did conceded a couple of penalties, but otherwise a very good game. Broke the line and looked dangerous with ball in hand.
10 Felipe Contepomi (captain):
He also missed a penalty, but put his body on the line ... literally. Battled on bravely for about 20 minutes after injuring his ribs and his absence was a blow.
9 Nicolas Vergallo:
Was a good link behind a dominant Argentinean pack, although he could have added a bit more variation. However, if you play according to a pre-set game plan that suits your strengths, you can't be faulted for sticking to it.
8 Juan Martín Fernandez Lobbe:
There were some great and very crucial steals at the breakdown, while he was also great at the restarts. A real tower of strength in the Puma pack.
7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón:
Apart from his enormous workrate, he had some really impressive carries and did not shirk his work at the breakdown.
6 Julio Farias Cabello:
At times it seemed he disappeared into oblivion, but that was probably because he was working mostly doing the support work and not the flashy stuff.
5 Patricio Albacete:
Apart from his numerous, effective, carries, he also did some really good work at the breakdown and was invaluable in the set pieces.
4 Manuel Carizza:
Had fewer carries than his fellow second row, but his hard work at helping clearing out the rucks makes him a valuable asset.
3 Juan Figallo:
Typical Argentinean prop. Works hard in the set pieces and when he takes the ball up it is in close quarters. Nothing flash, but hard-working.
2 Mario Ledesma:
He was knocked out cold by Courtney Lawes's knee (a deliberate foul that warrants citing and a ban). But then the 38-year-old still got back up to play on till the last five minutes, when he went down injured again. What a warrior!
1 Rodrigo Roncero:
Literally bled for his country and the veteran proved to be a valuable asset - plenty of close-in pick-'n-drives and clearing out at the rucks. Did plenty of the donkey work.
16 Agustin Creevy (on for Mario Ledesma, 56th min):
Did not have the workrate of the veteran, and the scrum also looked under pressure.
17 Martin Scelzo (on for Rodrigo Roncero, 16th min, blood; on for Juan Figallo, 58th min) :
Struggled in the scrums and allowed the England pack to gain the ascendancy.
18 Mariano Galarza (on for Juan-Manuel Leguizamón, 78th min):
Not enough time to be rated.
19 Alejandro Campos (on for Julio Farias Cabello, 70th min):
Not enough time to be rated.
20 Alfredo Lalanne:
21 Marcelo Bosch (on for Felipe Contepomi, 27th min):
He may not always have the calming affect of Contepomi, but had some nice runs and broke the line several times. At times lacked the support to turn opportunities into points.
22 Juan Jose Imhoff (on for Gonzalo Tiesi, 37th min):
He was solid on defence and didn't do much wrong. But he is not in Tiesi's class - steady rather than spectacular.
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