“Los Pumas” are one of four teams still playing for the #1 rugby title match, that sees Argentina clash against favorite and New Zealand on Sunday.
Rugby is similar to football, only at a much faster pace, with fewer stoppages and continuous possession changes. All players on the field, regardless of position, must be able to run, pass, kick and catch the ball. Likewise, all players must also be able to tackle and defend, making each position both offensive and defensive in nature. There is no blocking of the opponents like in football, and during any game, there are only five substitutions allowed for each team. A rugby match consists of two 40-minute halves.
Rugby, enormously popular in the UK, Australia and South Africa, is the national sport of New Zealand—the nation currently hosting the Rugby World Cup, and widely considered the best team today.
Argentina will face Sunday in Auckland, the only Rugby super-power they haven’t ever been able to beat. The Argentines have only tied with New Zealand once in 1985, and incidentally it was New Zealand that served the Argentines their worst pummeling: 93-8 in 1997.
Also on Sunday, but in Wellington, the Australian team will meet the South African for a match that promises to be exhilarating: both teams have won the World-Cup twice.