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Article Published: Thursday 26 September 2013

Argentina will go into this match on the back of their best ever away Rugby Championship result but still in search of their first win.

Argentina's Pumas lost 14-13 to Australia in Perth and will have taken confidence from that result. They will however be up against a team that they have lost their last 15 matches to.

Argentina have played New Zealand 17 times since 1985 and their best result was a 21-all draw in 1985.

Since then the teams have played each other 15 times and the Pumas have lost all of them. The closest was a 20-24 loss in 2001.

That gives the All Blacks a record of winning 94% of their matches against the Pumas across all venues. The average score when the Pumas play the All Blacks is Argentina 13 New Zealand 42.

Argentina will be at home this weekend where they have a much stronger record and even pulled off a 16 all draw with the Springboks last year.

Argentina have played New Zealand 7 times on home soil and they have lost six and drawn one which gives the All Blacks a record of winning 86% of their matches against the Pumas in Argentina.

The average score when Argentina play New Zealand in Argentina is a slightly improved Argentina 16 New Zealand 32.

Pumas coach Santiago Phelan has made six changes for this weekend's match and he has rotated his squad which means that arguably the team is not as strong as the one the played in their last match.

Agulla, Contepomi, Cubelli and Creevy are on the bench while Tiesi and Carizza drop out of the matchday 23.

Meanwhile the All Blacks have made two changes to their starting line up with Aaron Cruden replacing the injured Dan Carter and Andrew Hore coming in for Dane Coles.

The team will be captained by Kieran Read as Richie McCaw is out until possibly next week.

Given the Pumas record against the All Blacks over the last 30 years Phelan's charges will play with passion but the New Zealanders will eventually be too strong and powerful for the home side.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 16 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The All Blacks should win by 20+.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Argentina 13 New Zealand 42.

Last five results
07 Sep 2013 Argentina v New Zealand 13-28 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
29 Sep 2012 Argentina v New Zealand 15-54 La Plata
08 Sep 2012 Argentina v New Zealand 5-21 Westpac Trust, Wellington
09 Oct 2011 RWC Quart Argentina v New Zealand 10-33 Eden Park, Auckland
24 Jun 2006 Argentina v New Zealand 19-25 Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

Argentina's overall record against New Zealand
Played 17 ,Wins 0,Losses 16 ,Draws 1

Match No.10 : Argentina v New Zealand
Date :28 Sept 2013
Venue : Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Wayne Barnes
Assistant Ref 2:Leighton Hodges
TMO : Deon van Blommestein



Juan Martin Hernandez; Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Juan Imhoff; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (capt); Julio Farias Cabello, Patricio Albacete; Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Marcos Ayerza

Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Mariano Galarza, Benjamin Macome, Tomas Cubelli, Felipe Contepomi, Horacio Agulla

New Zealand

1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Andrew Hore , 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Samuel Whitelock , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Aaron Cruden , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Ma'a Nonu , 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Ben Smith , 15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19. Jeremy Thrush, 20. Steven Luatua , 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 22. Beauden Barrett , 23. Charles Piutau

Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
1. Australia 3 3 0 0 85 48 37 1 13
2. New Zealand 3 2 1 0 85 65 20 1 9
3. Argentina 3 1 2 0 64 98 -34 1 5
4. South Africa 3 0 3 0 65 88 -23 2 2
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