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Kuldeep, Jasvir lead Aussie charge over Argentina

12 October 2016

The two teams from the Southern Hemisphere, Australia and Argentina, were looking to get their first points on board in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. It was the Aussies though, who proved to be successful with a much-improved display. Kuldeep Singh and Jasvir Singh were the chief architects of a fantastic 68-45 victory in a match were Argentina were slightly more fancied to win.

Australia got off the blocks quicker as Argentina suffered their first of three all-outs in the first five minutes. Jasvir proved to be near impregnable in the right side of the Aussie defence. He picked up a superb 11 tackle points, the most by any player in the tournament and had great support from his team. Benjamin Nugent and Nishant Sangwan too performed well as they showed a marked improvement in defending their side of the mat. Argentina struggled in that department in the first and the tackle points tally by their entire team was matched by Jasvir alone! 

Attack-wise, Mariano Pascual and Eugenio Petermann impressed as the 17-year-old Argentine sensation Franco Castro was kept quiet for the most part by an Aussie defence in an uncompromising mood. For Australia, Adam Schneider did well again despite an ankle injury and Campbell Brown too was strong. It was Kuldeep though, who stole the show with 12 raid points. He contributed during crucial times in defence as well when he came up with a super tackle with only one teammate for company to help avoid an all-out. In the second half, he was the last man standing and pulled off an impossible raid getting three points and Australia never went all-out even once in the match.

Argentina were once again found wanting in the first and even though they stepped up their game later, it was too little too late. They crossed the 40-point mark again but let their opponents score more than 65 points. The Argentines will need to regroup and look to be more decisive while defending. As for the Aussies, everything clicked from the attack to the defence and they will take great confidence from this display.  

Argentina will now play on October 14 when they meet England, while Australia play the only unbeaten team of Group A so far, Republic of Korea, on October 15. Exciting encounters in store!

You can revisit the complete stats of Australia vs Argentina by visiting our MatchCentre.