The Fiji Times

Cheika wants discipline

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TV audience of 13.8 million — 15 per cent more than watched their opening game against Russia in 2019 and higher than Japan’s second game against Ireland four years ago.

Rivoal said that 3.5 million watched the opening match in Germany — more than all the World Cup matches in 2019 broadcast

SAINT-ETIENNE, France - Argentina coach Michael Cheika said he was not looking for anything magical from his Pumas team when they try to get their Rugby World Cup campaign back on track against Samoa tomorrow.

The Australian said the players had learned a lot from their opening 27-10 loss to 14-man England in Marseilles and had spent all week in training focusing on the basics.

“We know the type of game we want to play, we don’t want to change too much depending on the opponent,” he told reporters after naming his team on Wednesday.

“We have to be discipline­d in our organisati­on, in defence and attack. It may take 60, 70 minutes until the opportunit­y on German channels.

“There have been more than 500 million views of our official content on our social platform, which is amazing,” said tournament director Michel Poussau.

On the commercial front, more France jerseys have been sold so far than Japan jerseys in the whole of 2019 — though that is there, but you have to take it when it comes.

“You don’t have to do something magical, it’s about playing our game discipline­d and very aggressive­ly.”

Cheika made three changes to his starting team for the match.

The experience­d Matias Moroni comes into the midfield for Lucio Cinti, Guido Petti plays in the second row instead of the injured Tomas Lavanini and Eduardo Bello replaces Francisco Gomez Kodela at tighthead prop.

Cheika has also added another back to his bench in the shape of flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez after going with a might have something to do with the fact that the shelves in Tokyo’s shops were virtually bare after the first week as organisers were woefully under-supplied with shirts, particular­ly those of the host nation.

Following the access issues in Marseille and Bordeaux that dogged the opening weekend, 6-2 split against England.

Sanchez will win his 99th cap if he gets on to the field on Friday. His fellow 34-year-old Tomas Cubelli brings even more experience to the bench as cover for starting scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou.

Pumas skipper Julian Montoya said the more experience­d players were ready to embrace the pressure on the twice World Cup semi-finalists after their disappoint­ing first outing.

“We know there will be pressure, we are training for this. It’s where we want to be. Nobody forces us to be here, we do it with a lot of passion, with a lot of love for the shirt and for questions were asked about long delays faced by thousands of fans leaving the Stade de Nice, served by a single tram stop, and by cancelled media shuttle services.

Organisers brushed off such concerns, however, saying the Nice transport operation had “worked perfectly”. what we represent,” he said.

“The older ones are there to absorb the pressure. Let the younger ones think about playing. We are ready to have a great game against Samoa.”

Argentina team: 15-Juan Cruz Mallia, 14-Emiliano Boffelli, 13-Matias Moroni, 12-Santiago Chocobares, 11-Mateo Carreras, 10-Santiago Carreras, 9-Gonzalo Bertranou, 8-Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7-Marcos Kremer, 6-Pablo Matera, 5-Matias Alemanno, 4-Guido Petti, 3-Eduardo Bello, 2-Julian Montoya (captain), 1-Thomas Gallo

Replacemen­ts: 16-Augustin Creevy, 17-Mayco Vivas, 18-Francisco Gomez Kodela, 19-Pedro Rubiolo, 20-Rodrigo Bruni, 21-Tomas Cubelli, 22-Nicolas Sanchez, 23-Lucio Cinti

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