Argentina should be the darling of world rugby after overcoming the pandemic hurdles for a historic victory over the All Blacks.
But her heartwarming story worsens with her stellar captain Pablo Matera at the center of the storm.
Matera has been widely criticized for pulling the hair of wallaby hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa during the boring 15-point tie with the Wallabies in Newcastle.
And an Australian writer further increased the heat accusing the cougars of running a dirty trick campaign.
Julian Linden wrote in the Daily Telegraph: « Discipline remains Australia’s biggest problem. The wallabies are still giving away too many stupid penalties and coughing the ball by shoving passes that don’t run.
« Worst of all, they keep taking the bait and reciprocating the favor in order to avoid the ball events that explode in their faces.
« The cougars get a lot of praise for their passion, but they deserve a lot of cane for their dirty little tricks – these include pulling hair, kicking players, and obviously lying on the ball.
« The Wallabies know this but fall for it every time and it cost them dearly in Newcastle. «
It gives rise to the specter of a vicious second leg between the All Blacks and Pumas in Newcastle on Saturday.
Veteran All Black Hooker Dane Coles has been heavily criticized for losing his cool against the Pumas and receiving a penalty reversal after punching an opponent in the face. And the once invincible All Blacks come under pressure, something all opponents will play at.
The Argentines use a game that matches their strengths and weaknesses and increases the likelihood of bad blood flowing in their games.
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