September 20, 2021
Argentina Coach Mario Ledesma says Wallaby Samu Kerevi going into beast-mode is the biggest threat they are facing in Townsville.
Kerevi has been a revelation in the three Tests since being drafted into the side.
There have been extra passing subtleties as well as that superb offload to Pete Samu against the Springboks last Saturday night when two defenders were draped over him.
His guaranteed go-forward is a great asset for Quade Cooper to utilise.
Ledesma was on board with the Wallabies when Kerevi made his Test debut against England in 2016 so he’s well aware of Kerevi’s improvement.
“Samu makes such a difference. He brings such a physicality and go-forward that he sets up the platform better than forwards,” Ledesma told rugby.com.au.
“You can see why they set up every play off him from set pieces or as a dummy runner. He really dominates the centre.”
Ledesma was frank when assessing the Wallabies’ threat in 2021 compared to 2020 when the Pumas earned 15-all and 16-all draws in Newcastle and Sydney last November.
Not only has the return of the Japan-based Kerevi made a huge difference but so has Cooper’s understated organisation and passing slickness in try-scoring plays.
Ledesma’s commentary on the Wallabies was in answering direct questioning. He is very much focussed on his own team magnifying the gains from last Saturday night’s 36-13 loss to the All Blacks and limiting ill discipline through the number of penalties his team is giving away.
The Pumas have been raging to win three Tests in a row on Saturday as they intend to break Wallabies 2021 duck.
By Romeka Romena