Michael Cheika defined the sixth team he will put on the field, the penultimate team of The Pumas in it worldFriday’s game against the All Blacks for the first semi-final, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. And, as Olé anticipated, there will be a change of scrum half.
For the previous match, against Wales in the quarterfinals, the Australian had to make a variant forced by the injury of Pablo Matera, torn against Japan. And his decision was logical: Facundo Isa, from eighth, entered and Juan Martín González passed from wing.
The other one was not seen coming (except for this newspaper, of course), the inclusion of Tomás Cubelli by Gonzalo Bertranouwho had been the starting scrum half and did not even go to the bench against the Welsh, since the Aussie coach likes the impact generated by the entry of Lautaro Bazán Vélez along with Nicolás Sánchez in the last 20 minutes.
At first it was thought that Cheika liked “the team by heart”, strictly holding Bertranou and Santiago Carreras as 9 and 10, even though the game did not appear. Until he took out the Mendoza native and put Cubelli in so that the Buenos Aires native could give the ball more speed.
However, Cheika was evidently not very satisfied with the performance of the player who emerged in Belgrano in the first half. since he is removed from the team again: Cubo will not even be on the bench. The 9 is Bertranou again. And Bazán Vélez remains among the substitutes. The rest of the team is the same one that defeated Wales.
Bertranou, because of the game we want to play, has a small advantage.
“We try to put the best selection and I don’t want to talk too much about strategy, but We are fortunate to have three 9s that are improving every week.; also with Bazán Vélez. But Bertranou, for the game we want to play, has a small advantage, and he is the best selection for that.”
In other words, Los Pumas will form with: Thomas Rooster, Julian Montoya, Francisco Gomez Kodela; Guido Petti, Thomas Lavanini; John Martin Gonzalez, Mark Kremer, Facundo Isa; Gonzalo Bertranou, James Races; Matthew Carreras, James Chocobares, Pike Cinti, Emiliano Boffelli; John Cruz Mallia.
The bank would also be the same, with: Augustine Creevy, Joel Sclavi, Eduardo Bello, Matthias German, Rodrigo Bruni, Lautaro Bazan Velez, Nicholas Sanchez and Matthias Moroni.