Corleto rubbishes 'dull' slurs
October 5, 2007
Argentina full-back Ignacio Corleto disagrees with those who reckon Sunday's quarter-final with Scotland will be a dull affair, claiming instead it will be "an historic event for world rugby".
With the Stade de France game expected to be dominated by the boot, many believe there will a lack of free-flowing rugby on offer, with good field
Outspoken former Australia winger David Campese even predicted a match between teams who are ``the dullest of the dull``.
But Corleto, the scorer of a sensational try in the Pumas' 17-12 defeat of France on the tournament's opening night, insists it will be a special night for both sides.
``Contrary to what David Campese said, I think it will be an historic event for world rugby,'' said the Stade Francais flyer.
``Both teams are going into it in the same condition and with similar styles.
``People think that we are already in the semi-finals and that the match against Scotland is just a formality, but that's not true.
``We are Latinos, and being favourites could complicate things for us. That happened to France when they played us in the opening match.
``I think it will be tough.''
Argentina are being tipped to carry on their good form of the group stages and progress through to their first World Cup semi-final.
To do that, utility back Federico Todeschini believes maintaining a high standard of discipline will be the key, especially with flawless Scotland goalkicker Chris Paterson ready to pounce on any Argentinian infringements.
``Our discipline has always been our strong point,'' said the Montpellier full-back or fly-half, who is part of a squad which is the only one left in the tournament that did not receive either a red or yellow card in the group stages.
``We have to maintain it and I don't think it will limit us.
``Maintaining discipline is fundamental because he (Paterson) is a great kicker.''
Paterson has not missed in 15 attempts at goal this World Cup, and the Gloucester marksman certainly has a fan in Todeschini.
``He doesn't have the same style as (England's) Jonny Wilkinson, who kicks the ball very hard,'' he added.
``He does something like a golf swing when he kicks, and what I've really noticed is that he stands very parallel to the ball. When he kicks the ball, it's like he wraps himself around it.
``With him, it's more a question of quality than force.''