Dangerous pumas looking for prey under the Ledesma watch

The Australian assistant coach Stephen Larkham should have known better than to launch a piece of momentum by Mario Ledesma.

Larkham had suggested in view of the Australian home game with Argentina, in the September rugby league, that the new Pumas coach had not shown any coaching skills during his two years working with the Wallabies strikers.

Although Ledesma responded by raising a line in the direction of Larkham – saying that Michael Cheika does double work not only being Wallaby but also effectively interpreting Larkham as the creator of the attack moves – the former Pumas prostitute saved the best to last as Argentina has transformed Australia into its own backyard.

Not only that, but only four games after taking charge of the Puma, Ledesma had earned his team a first victory in Australia for 35 years.

It was not because of Larkham's misstep, though, since Argentina is improving quietly, which is not bad if the World Cup is getting closer and closer.

Previously, they had beaten South Africa to end a series of 11-game defeats in the rugby league and had been competitive against New Zealand.

Ledesma's days of play have been associated with the largely unidimensional approach of Argentina to the whiplash, but he is very keen to further develop the Puma as a team capable of a multifaceted game.

Although Joe Schmidt and his team of coaches were not able to provide unclear technical comments to Ledesma, the Pumas will not need any further encouragement to bring him to Ireland and try to hit them the way they managed to manage three cups of the world.

Argentina, ranked ninth in the world, rarely missed the team spirit, but the questionable premiums for selection by the home players – and the Super Rugby for the Jaguares that Ledesma has coached before his role of Puma – they are potentially exposing the fruits through the evident continuity of the selection, even if the policy of ignoring the overseas players has been relaxed.

The threat offered by the third part of Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy and Ramiro Moyano has brought a new dimension.

Along with the half of Nicolas Sanchez, Argentina offers a lot in attack, even if they are defensively vulnerable and, in attack, they have never been as formidable as in the past.

The selection of the Guido Petti lock in the current back-row suggests that Ledesma wants a more physical threat than a year before losing to Dublin.

It's important, but Ledesma's Pumas will fight for everything.

Belfast Telegraph

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