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Monday, September 09, 2013

Juan Martin Hernandez one-handed long pass in the rain

Despite having suffered numerous injuries and never quite having reached the consistant form of some years back, Juan Martin Hernandez is a rare talent. Capable of doing just about anything with a rugby ball, here's a look at one of his latest tricks.

Last year, the inaugural year of the Rugby Championship, Argentina stepped up and competed well in their first ever inclusion in a major tournament. Hernandez played his part and against New Zealand we saw him produce a fan favourite clearance kick.

He went for a banana-kick, somehow controlling it to the point that it went out into touch.

On Saturday, deep in his own half and with the rain pelting down, he did something special again. This time is was a one-handed long pass to Juan Manuel Leguizamon. Sure, he could have just passed it in a conventional manner, but then he's not called El Mago (The Magician) for nothing.

After the game he said that his side gained confidence from the narrow defeat to the All Blacks.

"We must continue to learn from them. They're a great team and know how to manage the game," he said. "We need experience and maturity. Hopefully we will grow."

He added that they hope to get good ball and attack more in their upcoming match against Australia, and that they are growing game by game, gaining experience and confidence. He's clearly referring to his team mates, because judging by passes like this, confidence is not an issue.

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Posted at 2:59 pm | 10 comments

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cheyanqui September 09, 2013 7:36 pm

Pretty solid kick from J.M. Leguizamon too.

Kicked from between the posts, 5m out, and still managed to get close to the 10m line.

30-35m gain in ground, kicking from the centre of the field, under pressure, and a backrower...

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stroudos September 09, 2013 8:37 pm

Beat me to it.

I actually thought it was a shit pass putting Leguizamon under unnecessary pressure and should have used both hands instead of this one-handed showboating.

Alternative/better title for the post:
No8 picks up shit pass off his bootlaces in the rain, smashes excellent touchfinder under intense pressure.

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Rugbydump September 10, 2013 8:13 am

Fair call. Add in the judo roll after losing balance too

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Reality September 10, 2013 5:20 pm

It'd be a bit vulgar as a title, Stroudos, but you do have a point.

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jimter10 September 10, 2013 6:46 am

Yeh it was pretty close, but Hernandez is such a genius, he was probably just having a laugh with Leguizamon

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ruckinmaul September 10, 2013 7:06 am

He is better at flyhalf. but the problem is, the Pumas doesn't have any quality fullback.

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jimter10 September 10, 2013 9:49 am

it's a real shame his career has been set back by injury. still i'm happy with him back and sanchez doing a job for them.

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ConnachtMan September 10, 2013 4:25 pm

The new scrum laws will favour Arengtina over time I reckon, traditonally strong technical scrummagers.

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