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Oct 3, 2013

Rugby-Australia braced for gladiatorial Argentina test

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie will need the best from his 15 gladiators when they step into what he called a ‘coliseum atmosphere’ in Rosario for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against Argentina.

“Everyone talks about the coliseum atmosphere and the noise in Rosario. It’s amazing but also daunting and you need to be able to function in that space,” McKenzie said after naming his team on Thursday.

Oct 1, 2013

Rugby-Contepomi to set Argentina caps record in Australia test

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Centre Felipe Contepomi, one of two changes in the Argentina team to face Australia, will set a Pumas caps record in their closing Rugby Championship match in Rosario on Saturday.

Coach Santiago Phelan has kept faith in the pack that gave New Zealand a run for their money in Argentina’s 33-15 defeat in La Plata last weekend and made just two changes in the backs.

Sep 30, 2013

Maxi goals spurs leaders Newell’s to victory

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Maxi Rodriguez scored for the second game in a row to help Newell’s Old Boys beat Argentinos Juniors 2-0 and stay top of the Argentine championship on Sunday.

Rodriguez put Newell’s ahead in the 20th minute at the Marcelo Bielsa in Rosario and then had a penalty saved by Pablo Migliore before halftime.

Sep 30, 2013

Soccer-Maxi leads Newell’s to third successive win to stay top

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Maxi Rodriguez scored for the second time in as many matches to help Newell’s Old Boys to a 2-0 win over Argentinos Juniors and their third successive victory to stay top of the Argentine championship on Sunday.

Rodriguez put Newell’s ahead with a shot in the 20th minute at the Marcelo Bielsa in Rosario and had a penalty saved by Pablo Migliore before halftime before Pablo Perez made sure for the home side with their second goal 20 minutes from time.

Sep 29, 2013

Early Pumas onslaught serves as warning to All Blacks

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – New Zealand’s first half struggles against a fired-up Argentina in La Plata on Saturday may serve as a warning to the All Blacks going into their Rugby Championship decider against South Africa next weekend.

The All Blacks spent most of the opening period camped inside their own half as the Pumas put them under intense pressure, but they weathered the storm to lead 11-9 at the break before running out 33-15 winners.

Sep 29, 2013

Rugby-Early Pumas onslaught serves as warning to All Blacks

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 29 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s first half struggles against a fired-up Argentina in La Plata on Saturday may serve as a warning to the All Blacks going into their Rugby Championship decider against South Africa next weekend.

The All Blacks spent most of the opening period camped inside their own half as the Pumas put them under intense pressure, but they weathered the storm to lead 11-9 at the break before running out 33-15 winners.

Sep 29, 2013

Rugby-Captain calls for patience as Pumas edge nearer first win

LA PLATA, Argentina, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Argentina will not let their desperation for a first win in the Rugby Championship blur their focus on their closing match against Australia next Saturday, captain Juan Fernandez Lobbe said.

The Pumas, who lost 33-15 to New Zealand in La Plata on Saturday after a very good first half performance, have lost 10 and drawn one of their 11 matches in two seasons in the southern hemisphere’s elite tournament.

Sep 29, 2013

All Blacks beat Pumas 33-15, within grasp of title

LA PLATA (Reuters) – Wing Ben Smith scored two tries, his second worth a bonus point, as New Zealand unleashed the power of their backs in the second half to beat Argentina 33-15 and all but secure the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Barely 11-9 ahead at the interval after wing Julian Savea had run in their first try, the All Backs put the match beyond the Pumas with two more tries early in the second half from flanker Sam Cane and Smith’s first.

Sep 29, 2013

Rugby-All Blacks beat Pumas 33-15, within grasp of title

LA PLATA, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Wing Ben Smith scored two tries, his second worth a bonus point, as New Zealand unleashed the power of their backs in the second half to beat Argentina 33-15 and all but secure the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Barely 11-9 ahead at the interval after wing Julian Savea had run in their first try, the All Backs put the match beyond the Pumas with two more tries early in the second half from flanker Sam Cane and Smith’s first.

Sep 27, 2013

Soccer-Higuain and Mascherano back for Argentina qualifiers

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Mascherano, who missed Argentina’s 5-2 win in Paraguay last month that secured their place at the 2014 World Cup, were recalled to the squad on Friday.

Striker Higuain and midfielder Mascherano have completed two-match suspensions while central defenders Ezequiel Garay and Federico Fernandez also come back from one-game bans.

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