Pumas Rue Missed Chances

Argentina was left to rue not using its chances in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool C defeat to New Zealand.  Despite leading at half-time Los Pumas were on the wrong side of a 26-16 loss to the All Blacks.  Captain Agustin Creevy says:  ‘We had good stuff.  At times we played excellent rugby, especially the first half.  It’s a pity that when we had to make a difference, we could not and that’s when they came at us and showed why they are the best in the world.  Now that the game is finished we can look back and say we wished we had scored more points when they were two men down.  The attitude is never lacking in this team.  We knew it would be about the forwards but I think we defended well.  They (New Zealand) wear you out and that’s when things start to get complicated.’
Veteran Juan Martin Hernandez echoed his skipper’s sentiments:  ‘We played well.  I think we had opportunities but lost control.  We were sloppy and made decisions that were not good for us and that cost us the game.’  Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez believes the Argentines can play better going forward:  ‘There can be positives in defeat.  They played good rugby.  We defended well but became physically tired.  We have to take what we did in the first sixty minutes and build from there.  I think we did the right things tonight and certainly we can improve.’