威爾士20-13阿根廷:並非完美無缺--但韋恩-皮瓦克領導的威爾士隊品嘗到了亟需的勝利。

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威爾士20-13阿根廷:並非完美無缺--但韋恩-皮瓦克領導的威爾士隊品嘗到了亟需的勝利。

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這並不完美。威爾士主教練韋恩-皮瓦克事後也承認了這一點。

在加的夫被新西蘭隊以55-23摧毀的一周後,他們丟了8個球,威爾士隊在體能和組織上進行了改進,以20-13取得勝利。

勝利的對手是普馬斯隊,他們在今年下半年奪得了蘇格蘭、新西蘭、澳大利亞和英格蘭的頭皮,在前往威爾士的六天前,他們在特威克納姆以30-29獲勝。

但阿根廷隊在公國體育場從未達到令人振奮的高度,因為他們發現自己被威爾士扼殺了。

威爾士在2022年的10場比賽中取得了第三場勝利,使皮瓦克自2019年世界盃後取代沃倫-加特蘭以來的總記錄達到13勝18負1平。

阿根廷隊被一堵紅色的防守牆擋住,邁克爾-切克的球隊經歷了一個令人難忘的夜晚。

在體能方面被全黑隊羞辱之後,威爾士的前鋒們的自尊心受到了打擊,力量也受到了質疑。

皮瓦克曾表示缺乏對新西蘭比賽的準備時間,並認為他的球員在威爾士訓練營呆的時間越長,他們就越有進步。

他認為秋季開賽時的表現是不可接受的,沒有達到測試比賽的標準,並挑戰他的球員解決他們的失敗。

威爾士通過堅定的防守努力做到了這一點,他們只在最後階段丟了一次球,同時他們的前五名球員比前一周的努力更加強大。

35歲的鈎子手肯-歐文斯在重返國際賽場時繼續挑戰自己的年齡,多完成了16次攻門。

在比賽前三天成為父親的托馬斯(Gareth Thomas)和劉易斯(Dillon Lewis)在散兵游勇中表現突出,而鎖匠亞當-比爾德(Adam Beard)在下半場確保了一個關鍵的周轉。

"隊長Justin Tipuric說:"在過去10年左右的時間裡,這支球隊的偉大之處在於它所表現出來的性格。

"我們知道,在上周的表現之後,我們必須堅持下去,這也是正確的。

"那不是我們的風格,尤其是我們被擊敗的方式,所以面對如此優秀的、身體素質好的阿根廷隊,我們感到自豪。"

儘管大家都在談論威爾士的後排資源,但蒂普里奇和陶盧佩-法萊陶卻不斷地脫穎而出。他們再次成為威爾士隊的明星,證明了他們對勝利的關鍵作用。

法萊陶被評為本場比賽的最佳球員,他用一次嘗試來慶祝他的32歲生日。

他再次表現出色,但現在這就像說水是濕的。

法萊陶的工作速度是驚人的,無論是在進攻中--他仍然是威爾士的主要帶球前鋒威脅--還是在防守中,他的攻防數量和追蹤和戰鬥的欲望都是如此。

他甚至在威爾-羅蘭茲的肩部受傷後以鎖骨身份完成了比賽,而大鬍子已經被替換下來。

隊長Tipuric在對陣全黑隊的比賽中扮演了他熟悉的七號角色。這看起來是正確的。

在上半場,他是一個積極的持球者,在下半場,他是威爾士隊防守的核心,他以18次攻門名列榜首。

兩人在後排與Dan Lydiate一起開始比賽,Dan Lydiate在其父親John去世後參加了比賽。

當Lydiate在上半場被迫下場時,Jac Morgan加入了抵抗行列,在場上不到一個小時的時間裡完成了16次擒抱。

喬治-諾斯現在是一名成熟的國際中鋒。在作為一個強大的嘗試得分的側翼的輝煌職業生涯之後,這位英國和愛爾蘭獅子已經被轉換為一個測試13號。

在2021年六國賽的成功中,諾斯被用作中鋒,在膝蓋嚴重受傷後重返賽場,現在已經鞏固了這個新角色。

他所構成的進攻威脅已經初露端倪,但在對陣阿根廷的比賽中,諾斯的防守技巧給人留下了深刻的印象,他阻止了對手的跑動,並指揮着威爾士的系統。

諾斯在過去的五次測試中與尼克-湯普金斯一起首發,威爾士似乎已經確定了一個穩定的中場搭檔。

湯普金斯在開始的兩場秋季國際比賽中給人留下了深刻的印象,儘管這位薩拉森斯隊的中鋒在兩場比賽中都發現自己被提前拖下了場,以適應歐文-沃特金。

威爾士很久以來一直在尋找利亞姆-威廉姆斯和利-哈芬尼的替代後衛選擇。

也許路易斯-里斯-扎米特就是一個答案。當這位格洛斯特隊的邊鋒在對陣美洲獅隊的比賽中被授予威爾士15號球衣時,人們對他產生了懷疑,但他在新的角色中看起來很舒服。

他的攻擊力很強,8次帶球跑了86米,而且踢得很有目的性,儘管他在下半場沒有什麼機會表現自己。

有足夠的證據表明,里斯-扎米特和邊鋒里奧-戴爾擁有反擊的力量和速度,可以給對手帶來麻煩。

傳球手是皮瓦克時代的另一個角色,一直在爭奪。

托莫斯-威廉姆斯現在顯示出他將成為明年法國世界盃前的常規九號球員。

在過去的幾年裡,威廉姆斯尋求證明自己是無可爭議的第一選擇,但他在對陣新西蘭和阿根廷的比賽中表現突出,他在對陣美洲獅的比賽中的機會主義嘗試證明是至關重要的。

皮瓦克和蒂普里奇都承認表現並不完美,這一點很重要,因為對陣阿根廷隊時,他們沒能達到之前2022年成功的高度。

威爾士展示了豐富的勇氣和性格,但對他們的進攻效率仍有疑問。

周六晚上並沒有提供史詩般的娛樂,接近6萬名觀眾在下半場創造了他們自己的樂趣,墨西哥人的浪潮和通過手機的即興燈光秀。

威爾士隊的兩次嘗試來自於一次駕駛式牽引和一次機會主義的衝撞。

在上半場,威爾士通過諾斯和湯普金斯以及蒂普里奇和法萊陶的中場突擊,展示了更多精闢的帶球選擇,但在中場休息後,這些都消失了。

紀律又是一個問題,開場時的一連串罰球讓阿根廷在威爾士復興之前建立了6-0的領先。

下半場,羅蘭茲毫無必要地吃了一張黃牌,比阿根廷更有經驗的球隊會利用這一點。

羅蘭德還提供了一個重大的傷病恐慌,他因肩部問題被迫離場。

他和Lydiate在秋季剩下的比賽中的參與是有疑問的,因為接下來還有與世界盃小組賽對手格魯吉亞和澳大利亞的比賽。

下周六的格魯吉亞隊通常會提供大規模改變的機會,特別是考慮到東歐人將在主場輸給薩摩亞隊後抵達卡迪夫。

威爾士隊中有戴恩-布萊克、約什-麥克勞德和喬-霍金斯等未上場的球員。

其他像布拉德利-羅伯茨這樣的球員還沒有出場,而阿倫-溫-瓊斯和托馬斯-弗朗西斯在對陣阿根廷的比賽中沒有參與。

威爾士將在對澳大利亞的比賽中失去以英格蘭為基地的球員湯姆金斯、里斯-扎米特、克里斯特-齊恩扎、湯米-雷菲爾和薩姆-溫萊特,因為這場比賽是在世界橄欖球協會的國際窗口期之外進行的,因此他們必須返回他們的俱樂部。

皮瓦克堅持認為將有最小的改動,因為他知道在四場秋季比賽中取得三場勝利將有助於挽回戰局,在對新西蘭的開幕式上,他們被打得很慘。

因此,延續性和一致性似乎是一個信息。


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It was not perfect. Wales head coach Wayne Pivac admitted as much afterwards.

A week after being destroyed 55-23 by New Zealand in Cardiff, when they conceded eight tries, Wales responded with an improved display built on physicality and organisation to claim a 20-13 win.

Victory came against a Pumas side who had claimed the scalps of Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and England in the second half of this year, with a 30-29 success at Twickenham coming six days before their trip to Wales.

But Argentina never reached the heady heights at the Principality Stadium as they found themselves stifled by Wales.

Wales' third win in 10 games in 2022 took Pivac's overall record to 13 victories, 18 defeats and a draw since replacing Warren Gatland after the 2019 World Cup.

Argentina were kept at bay by a red defensive wall as Michael Cheika's men endured an evening to forget.

After being humbled by the All Blacks in the physicality stakes, Wales' forwards had their pride dented and power game questioned.

Pivac had cited lack of preparation time for the New Zealand match and argued his players improved the longer they spent in Wales camp.

He had labelled aspects of the opening autumn performance unacceptable and not up to Test match standard and challenged his players to address their failings.

Wales managed that with a determined defensive effort which saw them concede only one late try, while they produced a more formidable front-five display than the previous week's effort.

Hooker Ken Owens, 35, continued to defy his age on his international return, with 16 more tackles.

Props Gareth Thomas, who became a father three days before the match, and Dillon Lewis were prominent in the loose, while lock Adam Beard secured a crucial second-half turnover.

"The great thing about this squad, in the last 10 years or so, is the character it shows," said captain Justin Tipuric.

"We knew we would have stick together after last week's performance, and rightly so.

"That is not what we are about, especially the way we got beaten, so to come out swinging against such a good, physical Argentina side is something we are proud about."

For all the talk about Wales' back-row resources, it is Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau who continually stand out. Again they starred for Wales, proving pivotal to the victory.

Faletau was named player of the match as he celebrated his 32nd birthday with a try.

He was again outstanding, but right now that is like saying water is wet.

Faletau's work-rate was phenomenal, whether in attack - where he remains Wales' main ball-carrying forward threat - or in defence, with his sheer number of tackles and desire to track back and battle.

He even finished the game at lock following a late shoulder injury to Will Rowlands, with Beard having already been replaced.

Captain Tipuric was back in his familiar number seven role after playing blind-side against the All Blacks. It just looked right.

In the first half he was a willing ball-carrier, in the second he was at the heart of Wales' defensive effort as he topped the tackle chart with 18.

The pair had started in a back row alongside Dan Lydiate, who was playing following the death of his father John.

When Lydiate was forced off in the first half, Jac Morgan joined the resistance with 16 tackles in less than than an hour on the field.

George North is now an established international centre. After a stellar career as a powerful try-scoring wing, the British and Irish Lion has been converted into a Test 13.

Having been used at centre during the 2021 Six Nations success, North has now cemented the new role having returned to action following a serious knee injury.

There have been glimpses of the attacking threat he poses but against Argentina, it was North's defensive skills that impressed as he stopped opposition runners in their tracks and marshalled Wales' system.

North has started the last five Tests alongside Nick Tompkins and Wales seem to have settled on a consistent midfield partnership.

Tompkins has impressed in the opening two autumn internationals, although the Saracens centre found himself hauled off early in both games to accommodate Owen Watkin.

Wales have been looking for alternative full-back options to Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny for a long time.

Perhaps Louis Rees-Zammit is an answer. There were eyebrows raised when the Gloucester wing was handed the Wales number 15 jersey against the Pumas, but he looked comfortable in his new role.

He attacked strongly, with 86 metres from eight carries, and kicked with purpose, although he had little chance to express himself in the second half.

There was enough evidence to show Rees-Zammit and wing Rio Dyer possess a counter-attacking threat of power and pace to trouble opposition sides.

Scrum-half is another role that has been up for grabs during the Pivac era.

Tomos Williams is now showing signs he will be the regular number nine leading up to the World Cup in France next year.

Williams' quest to demonstrate he is the undisputed first choice has been hampered by injuries during the last couple of years, but he has been prominent against New Zealand and Argentina and his opportunist try against the Pumas proved crucial.

Pivac and Tipuric both acknowledged the performance was not perfect, which is important to recognise against an Argentina side that failed to reach the heights of previous 2022 successes.

Wales demonstrated courage and character in abundance but questions remain over their attacking effectiveness.

Saturday night did not provide epic entertainment, with a crowd of close to 60,000 creating their own fun in the second half with an extended Mexican wave and an impromptu light show via mobile phones.

The two Welsh tries originated from a driving maul and an opportunist charge-down.

Wales showed more glimpses of incisive ball-carrying options in the first half through midfield bursts from North and Tompkins plus Tipuric and Faletau, but that dried up after the interval.

Discipline was again an issue, with a string of penalties conceded in the opening quarter which allowed Argentina to build a 6-0 lead before Wales' revival.

There was a needless second-half yellow card for Rowlands and more clinical sides than Argentina would have capitalised.

Rowlands also provided a major injury scare when he was forced to leave the field with a shoulder problem.

His participation, along with Lydiate's, for the rest of the autumn campaign is in doubt, with games against World Cup pool opponents Georgia and Australia to come.

Georgia next Saturday would normally provide the opportunity for mass changes, especially given the that the Eastern Europeans will arrive in Cardiff having lost at home to Samoa.

Wales have uncapped players like Dane Blacker, Josh Macleod and Joe Hawkins in their squad.

Others like Bradley Roberts have yet to feature in the campaign, while Alun Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis were not involved against Argentina.

Wales will lose England-based players Tompkins, Rees-Zammit, Christ Tshiunza, Tommy Reffell and Sam Wainwright for the Australia game because the match is played outside World Rugby's international window and they must therefore return to their clubs.

Pivac insisted there will be minimal alterations as he knows three wins from four autumn games would help salvage the campaign, following the opening hammering against New Zealand.

So continuity and consistency appears to be the message.

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