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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Argentina beat Italy in Turin

Argentina beat Italy in Turin

Argentina edged Italy 22-14 this past Saturday for its first win since June, and earned a return to the top four in the world rugby rankings.

The end of the Pumas' four-match losing streak at Turin, combined with England's 28-14 loss to Australia in London, gives them a chance to secure their top-four position next weekend by beating Ireland at Dublin in their tour finale.

The top four at the end of the month will lead the seedings for the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

Argentina needed a moment of brilliance from flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez to shrug off Italy and repay a 13-12 defeat to the Azzurri at Cordoba in June.

"Argentina didn't show a lot of skill, but we gave too much space to Hernandez and that try decided the match," Italy captain Sergio Parisse said.

"We are very disappointed," Parisse added.

"We were too indisciplined, and some errors at the end of the first half allowed our opponents to take the lead. We played too much in our half and it's difficult to win from there."

Italy, which also lost to Australia last weekend, rounds off its autumn series against the Pacific Islanders this weekend.

In other matches taking place, New Zealand take on Wales, Australia travel to France, and South Africa go up against England. Get yourself a free bet over at Betfair and stand a chance to win big. Checkout all the info here now .


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Posted at 10:41 am | 27 comments

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Anonymous November 22, 2008 11:49 am

I was at the stadium,what an orrible game,we play soooo bad,too kicks...bad kicks.I hope that today our team will beat the islanders...

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billybob November 22, 2008 12:48 pm

i personally feel at the moment, hernandez is the best all round player in the world

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tom November 22, 2008 1:32 pm

one of those commentaters sounded like kermit the frog. but aside from that looked to be a typically physical game

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Eric November 22, 2008 1:47 pm

God spanish commentators suck!

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emilioz November 22, 2008 2:10 pm

yes but they are fron spain.commentators from argentina are better

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YSM November 22, 2008 2:15 pm

Who made that tackle at the start?Hernandez is amazing, not as good as Carter, but definatly close

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Anonymous November 22, 2008 7:18 pm

IM spanish and i dont think those commentators are bad at all!!they arent definitely as intense as others but they have a lot of knowledge and are quite good

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Margaret Thatcher November 22, 2008 8:08 pm

Perhaps what's off about the Spanish commentators is the chit-chat style that they have...there's a lot of cross-talking and interrupting. For English commentators, on the other hand, there's usually one who 'leads' and the rest just add bits here and there.

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La N November 22, 2008 8:51 pm

The tackle at the begining it's made by Gonzalo Tiesi

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T November 22, 2008 9:27 pm

Is it just me, or is Italy getting better?

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Anonymous November 22, 2008 10:26 pm

damn italy are looking sharptwo good performances against quality teams...hope they carry it through to the 6 nations

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Anonymous November 22, 2008 11:15 pm

I agree, Italy are looking stronger and stronger by every game. Would be good if they could keep it up till 6-nations.

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Anonymous November 23, 2008 1:02 am

Commentators suck indeed. I am spanish and I have been suffering em for years now. Manolo Moriche is the coach of a third league team, and has got no fucking idea of modern rugby (his team is about to go to the 4th spanish league), the other commentator is indeed a basketball one. Canal Plus Spain... SHAME ON YOU!

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Antonini November 23, 2008 10:58 am

Speaking as an Italian the thing that lets our team down every match is the backs, there isnt enough invention, its always the same, they dont have enough "umph" to get points on the board, saying that they are getting better :P. This is probably due to the fact that Rugby is a second rate sport in a country dominated by football i feel the IRB need to step in and set something up that encourages more rugby, not just Italy but other countries that are in the same boat as Italy.

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Anonymous November 23, 2008 1:59 pm

look at number he will be a crack

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emilioz November 23, 2008 2:00 pm

look at number 20 he will be a crack

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Pedro November 23, 2008 2:59 pm

You say that italy is going better, and it's true, but you have to remember that half of the team hasn't born in Italy.

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emilioz November 23, 2008 9:10 pm

Pedro(Argentina?)you are right.The best player,Parisse is from argentina,Nieto who destroy roncero in the scrum too.but there is a great player who is from italia:Mirco Bergamasco

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speedy November 23, 2008 9:55 pm

hernandez is the best player in the world and anyone who thinks otherwise are people who dont watch him often enough.

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Don November 24, 2008 4:52 am

Italy gets better...they'd be quite formidable.

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Manfred November 24, 2008 2:34 pm

I hate the Spanish commentators and the Spanish of Spain. xD

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Dune November 24, 2008 7:10 pm

Antonini, what would a Rugby world cup do for the profile of rugby in Italia?Personally I think it would be a good chance to grow the game.

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Anonymous November 25, 2008 12:55 am

Parisse was born in Argentina but his family is 100% Italian and he moved to Italy as a teenager. His father is also an Italian national who played rugby for an Italian club.That being said, it will be nice to see more genuine Italian-born players in the squad in coming years, but at least Italy and Argentina have a strong cultural connection.

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robert November 27, 2008 3:26 am

speedy: "hernandez is the best player in the world" .. no he isn't, he's a good player but when he puts in some great performances against the top three ranked Test sides (that is, the top three defences) then you can start talking about him in the same sentence as Carter and Giteau. Italy may be getting better but their defence is not one of the strongest in world rugby. The list of hyped-up fly-halves who look ordinary against a fast and tough defence is a long one and O'Gara and Cipriani are just the latest examples..

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JoseCtesArg December 18, 2008 2:47 am

Robert, I agree 95% with you, the 5 percent left because I think Hernndez, speaking of raw talent, is the best fly-half, but can't compete with Carter and Giteau because he lacks their "international rythm", appart from France Top 14 and the ocassional Pumas' test matches, he doesn't have opportunity to play frequently against the top defences. Also it's common to see Hernndez to drift in and out of the game, it would be probably a cultural thing (I'm from Argentina, and a lot of our sports cracks lacks continuity). It would be interesting to see Pumas entering 3 Nations, considering Hernndez, Carter and Giteau are of the same age they would confront and it would be a real test to JMH's skills

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