The Pumas of Argentina signed a historic triumph against the All Blacks of New Zealand whom they defeated for the first time, by 15-25, in the frame of the Tri-Nations rugby tournament. The Argentine team ended its curse against the New Zealand team, which it had not been able to win in the previous 33 games, resulting in a draw and 32 defeats. At the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, however, Los Pumas changed their luck and won by 15-25.
"We played for the boys, for Argentine rugby . There are a lot of boys who have not played rugby with their friends for eight months and we went out onto the pitch to show that we can and hopefully bring more people to rugby ", Pablo Matera wished after the match.
Own people Pumas suffered in their flesh the consequences of the pandemic. They spent months without playing and had to train from a distance, from their homes, until ten days ago.
"It was 8 very hard months. A lot of work, a lot of people who are not here, but We have a very hungry team and we came to fill the chests of pride to all the people in Argentina ", said Matera.
For his part, Mario Ledesma recalled: "The day Cheika arrived he said: 'I want to be part of the first Argentine team to beat the All Blacks.' We are very grateful for what we have experienced, with everything that happens in Argentina Even in moments of tension you say 'I am privileged' ".
Ledesma also explained that before the start of the crash" it did not seem real to be sitting in the booth waiting for a game after everything we went through ".
" There are things that are difficult to explain hub or much intangible that was coming together. But there were no doubts in the development of the game. It's nice to see the fruits. The triumph validates somewhat everything that has been done since the beginning of the year and from a distance ", he remarked.