Contepomi sounds Pumas rallying call
October 7, 2011
Contepomi will have to replicate the form which saw the Pumas reach third in the 2007 World Cup come Sunday © Getty Images
Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi has called upon his charges to produce the "perfect game" against the All Blacks on Sunday.
The bookies have given New Zealand a 27-point start on the Pumas and Contepomi admitted his men will be playing for pride first. He is barely considering the chance of an upset. "Over 80 minutes we have to play the game and put up a performance we can be proud of," said the former Leinster fly-half, who is five points short of setting a new Argentina points record.
"We have to try to do the perfect game and if we prepare our tactics well, then luck may go our way. We can make that luck for ourselves, but we are up against the best team in the world."
Exeter wing Gonzalo Camacho is one of four players recalled to the Pumas side to face the All Blacks, along with full-back Martin Rodriguez, lock Manuel Carizza and veteran prop Rodrigo Roncero. With the exception of No.8 Leonardo Senatore, who has taken over from the injured Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, it is the same Argentina team that started their victory over Scotland.
New Zealand have selected Contepomi's former Toulon team-mate Sonny Bill Williams on the wing. Williams' handling skills are feared the world over but he is an unknown quantity on the wing, particularly under the high ball which is a tactic the Pumas are sure to use.
"Sonny Bill Williams is a great player, an outstanding player, wherever he starts on the pitch," said Contepomi. "He will start on the wing but probably through the game he will be moving all around the pitch, that's the way he plays.
"He's unbelievably skilful, his individuality makes him one of the best players in the world. He might not be comfortable in that position but I am sure the team that he has got around him, and there is loads of experience around him, will make him feel comfortable."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Last year's thrashing at the hands of Wales was not the first time England have fallen to their rivals. Scrum Sevens looks at whether they have bounced back the following year
With just two rounds left in the 2014 championship, the intensity cranks up a notch at Twickenham. Tom Hamilton previews the weekend's action
"I had a perfect record against England as did a few other Welshmen. England always seemed to bring the best out of us." John Taylor on the age-old rivalry
Are the margins between the teams in the Six Nations getting smaller year-on-year? Huw Richards gives some answers