Bautista Delguy of the Pumas scores a try against the Wallabies at Cbus Super Stadium.

Ledesma shuffles Pumas backline after injury to star winger

March 1, 2019


Argentina’s Ramiro Moyano beats the diving tackle of Australia’s David Pocock.Source:AFP

ARGENTINA welcome back Ramiro Moyano but must do without fellow winger Bautista Delguy when they host Australia in a Rugby Championship final round Test in Salta on Sunday (9.40am AEDT).

A rib injury ruled Moyano out of the home loss to New Zealand last weekend, robbing the Pumas of an elusive runner who had scored two tries in the Championship this season.

But the joy of having him back in the starting lineup has been diluted by the loss of Delguy with a shoulder injury sustained against the All Blacks.

Delguy has also made a major impact on the southern hemisphere championship by scoring three tries, including two in a home victory over South Africa.

Along with fullback Emiliano Boffelli, Delguy and Moyano have formed a dynamic trio, lessening the blow of having to do without longterm injury victim Joaquin Tuculet.


Bautista Delguy of the Pumas scores a try against the Wallabies at Cbus Super Stadium.

Bautista Delguy of the Pumas scores a try against the Wallabies at Cbus Super Stadium.Source:Getty Images

The absence of Delguy has triggered a backline reshuffle with two personnel and two positional changes from the side beaten 35-17 by New Zealand in Buenos Aires.

Moyano comes in on the left wing and Matias Moroni switches from there to the right wing in place of Delguy.

Matias Orlando is promoted from the bench to outside centre, Jeronimo de la Fuente moves from outside to inside centre and Bautista Ezcurra drops out of the matchday 23.

There are two changes to the bench with utility back Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias and prop Santiago Garcia Botta called up in place of promoted Orlando and demoted Juan Pablo Zeiss.

Argentina upset Australia 23-19 in the Gold Coast last month and will finish third ahead of the Wallabies provided they avoid defeat in northwestern city Salta.

Tradition offers struggling Australia hope, however, as they have won four of five previous Championship matches in Argentina.

PUMAS (15-1): Emiliano Boffelli, Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Gonzalo Bertranou, Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti, Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (c), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Reserves: Julian Montoya, Santiago Garcia Botta, Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Sebastian Cancelliere

WALLABIES (15-1): Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau, Reece Hodge, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (c), Ned Hanigan, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Taniela Tupou, Folau Faingaa, Scott Sio

Reserves (from): Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Rory Arnold, Caleb Timu, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Tom Banks