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Australia v Argentina TRC Rd.4 Preview


Kane Douglas protects the ball from Argentina for the Wallabies

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Article Published: Thursday 12 September 2013


Australia's Wallabies and Argentina's Pumas have yet to win a match in this year's Rugby Championship but that will most likely change this week.

The Wallabies have lost their last four Test matches and coach Ewen McKenzie has yet to win a Test after three matches.

In fairness the Wallabies have played the Best of the Northern Hemisphere as the Lions and the first and second ranked teams in International Rugby.

Australia have played Argentina 17 times since 1979 and the Wallabies have won 12 times, lost four times and drawn once so a draw this weekend is unlikely.

That record gives Australia a record of winning 71% of their matches against the Pumas who have won 24% of their matches against the Wallabies.

The average score across all venues when these teams play each other is : Australia 26 Argentina 15.

This weekend the match will be played in Perth which is home for Australia but not one of their favourite venues.

The Wallabies have never played Argentina in Perth but against all opposition the Wallabies have only won 66.7% or two thirds of their matches in the Western Australian city. They have played 12 in Perth, won 8, lost three and drawn once.

The three losses and draw were all against South Africa who have a very large following in Perth due to the tens of thousands of expats who left South Africa and "Packed for Perth".

Australian have played Argentina 10 times in Australia and won 9 and lost one. That one Argentina victory was way back in 1983 at Ballymore. Since then the Wallabies have won the next eight Tests on Australian soil giving them a record of winning 90% of their home matches against the Pumas.

Argentina have yet to prove that they can travel well and it's been 30 years since they won in Australia.

When Australia play Argentina in Australia is : Australia 31 Argentina 13.

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has made five changes for this week - four in the back line. Scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli gets his first Rugby Championship start.

Wallaby coach McKenzie also changed his scrumhalf and relegated Will Genia to the bench. While Genia might not have enjoyed the best of form lately being dropped could be a big motivator for him and the thought of a desperate Genia coming on as an impact player will be intimidating for the Pumas.

The Wallabies have also named Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen as captain and there has been a big shake up in the camp.

While the Wallabies will have been given a wake up call this week following their loss to the Springboks the Pumas will be on their second week away from home.

The second week on tour is notoriously difficult and teams rarely win their second match on tour.

The Bookies have given the Argentina an 11 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We expect the fatigue to kick in for the Pumas and the Wallabies will win comfortably. Australia to win by 9.

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

Average score: Australia 26 Argentina 15

Last five results
06 Oct 2012 Australia v Argentina 25-19 Rosario
15 Sep 2012 Australia v Argentina 23-19 Skilled Park, Gold Coast
10 Oct 2003 RWC Australia v Argentina 24-8 Stadium Australia, Sydney
02 Nov 2002 Australia v Argentina 17-6 River Plate, Buenos Aires
24 Jun 2000 Australia v Argentina 32-25 Bruce Stadium, Canberra

Australia's overall record against Argentina
Played 19 ,Wins 14,Losses 4,Draws 1

Match No.7: Australia v Argentina
Date :14 Sep 2013
Venue : Subiaco Oval, Perth, Australia
Referee: George Clancy
Assistant Ref 1:Alain Rolland
Assistant Ref 2:Glen Jackson
TMO : Vinny Munro

Teams

Australia

James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Rob Simmons, Kane Douglas, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen (captain), Nic White, Quade Cooper, Nick Cummins, Christian Leali'ifano, Adam Ashley-Cooper, James O'Connor, Israel Folau.

Reserves: Saia Fainga'a, Scott Sio, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Will Genia, Matt Toomua, Tevita Kuridrani.

Argentina

15.Juan Martin Hernandez, 14.Horacio Agulla, 13.Gonzalo Tiesi, 12.Felipe Contepomi, 11.Juan Imhoff, 10.Nicolas Sanchez, 9.Tomas Cubelli; 8.Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7.Pablo Matera, 6.Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5.Julio Farias Cabello, 4.Manuel Carizza, 3.Juan Figallo, 2.Agustin Creevy, 1.Maos Ayerza

Replacements: 16.Eusebio Guinazu, 17.Nahuel Lobo, 18.Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19.Mariano Galarza, 20.Benjamin Macome, 21.Martin Landajo, 22.Santiago Fernandez, 23.Lucas Gonzalez.

 
 
Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
1. New Zealand 4 3 0 1 105 51 54 2 16
2. South Africa 4 2 2 0 79 75 4 2 10
3. Australia 4 2 1 1 88 111 -23 0 10
4. Argentina 4 0 4 0 71 106 -35 3 3
                     
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