Argentina v Australia Rugby Championship Preview

Out of the last six Rugby Championship matches between Argentina’s Pumas and
Australia’s Wallabies the Australian side have won five and the Argentina side
one.

The last match between the teams was won by Argentina and this was their first
ever Rugby Championship victory. It also ended a nine match winning streak for
the Wallabies.

Overall Argentina have played Australia 23 times since 1979 and Argentina have
won five matches, lost 17 and drawn once. The average score when Argentina play
Australia is Argentina 16 Australia 27.

This weekend the match will be played in Mendoza which is home for Argentina.
It is also the venue where Argentina beat Australia 21-17 last year.

Argentina have had home advantage over Australia on 10 occasions and they have
won 4 of the matches and the one draw was also at home. That means that Argentina
have only lost 50% of their home matches against Australia.

The average score when Argentina play Australia at home is Argentina 18 Australia
22.

In terms of form Argentina have only played one test this year and that was
their 18-39 loss to the All Blacks last week. They are still building for next
year’s Super Rugby season and bringing players back from Europe.

Australia made a slow start against South Africa in their opening test for
2015 and with the help of their replacements they surged in the second half
to victory which has put them in second place in the Rugby Championship standings.

In selection terms Argentina have named a new backline with Santiago Cordero
moving to fullback replacing Joaquin Tuculet with Camacho and Imhoff on the
wings.

Also in the backline Matías Moroni and Juan Pablo Socino start at centre
replacing Marcelo Bosch and Jeronimo De la Fuente while Martín Landajo
comes in for Tomás Cubelli at scrum-half. In the forward pack there are
just two changes as Javier Ortega Desio starts on the flank and Tomas Lavanini
in the second row.

Australia have rotated their team for this match and former captain Michael
Hooper and Quade Cooper have been rotated to the bench.

Among the forwards, Reds veteran prop Greg Holmes will start for the first
time since 2007, while Western Force stalwart Ben McCalman returns at No.8 and
David Pocock comes in at openside flanker, with former captain Hooper on the
bench.

In the backs, Waratahs scrum-half Nick Phipps and Brumbies centre Matt Toomua
replace injured pair Will Genia and Matt Giteau, while Joe Tomane takes over
from Rob Horne on the wing.

Cooper makes way for Waratahs pivot Bernard Foley as head coach Michael Cheika
gives key players the chance to press their claims to be in the starting team
for the Bledisloe Cup tie against New Zealand in Sydney next month.

The
Bookies have given Argentina
a 5 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $150 BET.
Australia will want revenge for last year’s
loss and they will be hungry to maintain the momentum picked up last week against
South Africa. Australia
should win by 6.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Argentina 16 Australia 27

Last six results
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 Argentina v Australia 21-17 Mendoza
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 Argentina v Austr

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