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Argentina have played 15 games since the start of 2018. They have scored 20 or more points just five times. None of those five games have happened against northern hemisphere haloperidol uses opposition. As super rugby drew to a close we were all haloperidol uses looking at the prospect of argentina once again peaking for haloperidol uses a world cup and a run, possibly, to the last four. What has happened since is unlikely to warm south american haloperidol uses cockles. Close losses against new zealand and australia looked good but haloperidol uses they were then destroyed by south africa. Are argentina showing anything that would suggest they will be haloperidol uses better in japan?

These four pictures basically sum up argentina. This is early in their loss against south africa and haloperidol uses they have an attacking lineout around midfield. The ball thrown to the back allows them to attack haloperidol uses either wide or around the back of the lineout and haloperidol uses then straighten up. It’s about as threatening an attacking position as you can haloperidol uses get from a lineout. It is of course a risk throwing to the back haloperidol uses which is why all teams don’t just do it.

Attacking off the back puts pressure on the defence because haloperidol uses it removes the entire set of forwards. That adds more pressure on the south african backs, who have to be wary of scrum-half tomas cubelli as he sprints off the back of haloperidol uses the lineout. He acts as a make shift fly-half, fixing the defence and then relying on his outside attackers haloperidol uses to find a hole for him to put them through. He also has fly-half nicolas sanchez escaping out the back if his three haloperidol uses hard runners don’t find space. It’s perfect attack, even if they don’t break through they should be able to recycle quickly haloperidol uses and go again on the second phase.

This is where it all starts to fall down for haloperidol uses argentina however. Lock matias alemanno is the man in the middle of haloperidol uses this trio of forwards but he should be stood in haloperidol uses front of the other two. This would give cubelli something to aim at and it haloperidol uses then gives argentina three options; pop to the outside, pass back inside, or just carry. This is incredibly hard to defend; you can’t leave your man otherwise the attackers will just run haloperidol uses through the hole or at least break over the gain haloperidol uses line. However, it is much easier to defend when there isn’t a triangle of attackers, the ball can only go to one person and the haloperidol uses defence will just hone in on him. Of course, in the worst case scenario, the scrum-half expects the middle man to be out in front haloperidol uses and misses him with the pass, as happens here.

The ball misses it’s target and argentina end up kicking it away. It’s just two phases but argentina go from a nice haloperidol uses attacking structure with lots of options to a broken structure haloperidol uses and kicking the ball back to south africa. There is a lack of patience which will hurt argentina haloperidol uses when they play the elite teams and their natural talent haloperidol uses isn’t enough.

This is the section of play which broke argentina. They were within shooting distance of south africa and they haloperidol uses were camped on the springboks’ line. Faf de klerk had just been sin binned and the haloperidol uses argentine lineout was working well. The lineout is successful and argentina are set-up to roll towards the line.

Facundo isa is tasked with the carry but he is haloperidol uses held up before the line and then turned over. That’s just one phase argentina had before they were turned haloperidol uses over. They got into a great try scoring opportunity, they kept the pressure on with their driving mauls which haloperidol uses led to two penalties and one yellow card and when haloperidol uses they won the advantage they attacked out wide. Once they got the yellow card they moved away from haloperidol uses that structure and that game-plan and lasted just one phase. South africa would score a try less than five minutes haloperidol uses later and argentina never scored any more points.

What is particularly frustrating is just how good argentina are haloperidol uses when they decide to stick to their structure. In this example, sanchez takes the ball to the line with three hard haloperidol uses running options on the outside. This is perfect, it’s so hard to defend four options in such a haloperidol uses small area. If just one defender makes the wrong call then argentina haloperidol uses are gone. That happens, sanchez sees the gap, hits it, and he’s gone. He splits south africa in two and they get into haloperidol uses the south african 22.

Argentina go through one phase and then sanchez steps back haloperidol uses in, places a beautiful chip over into the corner and santiago haloperidol uses cordero scores a try. This is argentinian rugby at its best, exciting and risky. However, that style of rugby is prone to fade if the haloperidol uses weather turns, if the defense is particularly good, or if your playmakers are having a rough day. If those scenarios strike then argentina need something they can haloperidol uses fall back on which isn’t exciting but is effective, think about england towards the end of their test against haloperidol uses wales on sunday when they were squeezing the life out haloperidol uses of the game.

Argentina play france in the rugby world cup on september haloperidol uses 21. That will be a battle of two teams who, on their day, play the most exciting and expansive rugby in the world haloperidol uses but can also, on their day, just turn into two teams who can barely comprehend what haloperidol uses rugby is. But, would argentine and french fans give up those breathtaking highs haloperidol uses for something more consistent with better overall results? I’m not sure I would.

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