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Argentina vs Australia TRC Rd.6 Preview

Israel Folau scores a try for the Wallabies in their last meeting with the Pumas

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Article Published: Friday 4 October 2013

Argentina have been in the Rugby Championship for almost two full years and they have yet to win a match but many across the globe are predicting that this will change this weekend.

The Wallabies started the Rugby Championship with the IRB Ranking of the 3rd best team in the world but they have now slipped to fourth and some have said that the current Wallabies are the worst in 30 years.

It is no secret that the Wallabies are struggling to find their game under new coach Ewen McKenzie but in the second half in last week's match against the Springboks there were signs that things are coming together.

Just as the Wallabies have been struggling with form, so has Will Genia but when he came on in the second half last week there was a marked improvement in the Wallaby performance and he has now been reinstated as the starting No.9.

Argentina on the other hand managed to contain the All Blacks last week in the first half but as assistant coach Graham Henry pointed out earlier this week their fitness levels are not at the same level so they dropped off.

Argentina will be hoping that the partisan crowd in Rosario will give them the extra push to play for the full 80 minutes.

Argentina's Pumas have played the Wallabies 20 times since 1979 and they have won four times and lost 15 times. There was one draw in 1987 so the Pumas have a record of winning 20% of their matches against the Wallabies.

The average score when the Pumas play the Wallabies across all venues is Argentina 15 Australia 25.

This weekend Argentina will have home advantage which they have had 8 times out of the 20 matches between the teams.

In those eight matches the Pumas have won three times and lost four times and draw once. That gives them a record of winning 38% of their matches against the Wallabies at home.

The average score when Argentina play Australia at home is Argentina 18 Australia 19.

The match will be played in Rosario where the teams have played once and that match was won 19-25 by the Wallabies - last year.

In terms of selection the Pumas have been rotating their squad this Rugby Championship where they have depth and this week star centre Felipe Contepomi returns to the starting line up. He is one of two changes so the squad will be familiar to each other.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 1 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Wallabies might be struggling but they still have superior fitness and should be able to hang on for another one point victory. Wallabies to win by 1.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.

Average score: Argentina 15 Australia 25

Last five results
14 Sep 2013 Argentina v Australia 13-14 Subiaco Oval, Perth
06 Oct 2012 Argentina v Australia 19-25 Rosario
15 Sep 2012 Argentina v Australia 19-23 Skilled Park, Gold Coast
10 Oct 2003 RWC Pool Argentina v Australia 8-24 Stadium Australia, Sydney
02 Nov 2002 Argentina v Australia 6-17 River Plate, Buenos Aires

Argentina's overall record against Australia
Played 20 ,Wins 4 ,Losses 15,Draws 1

Match No. 12: Argentina v Australia
Date : 5 Oct 2013
Venue : Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Greg Garner
TMO : Ben Skeen



Juan Martin Hernandez, Horacio Agulla, Maelo Bosch, Felipe Contepomi, Juan Imhoff, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), Patricio Albacete, Julio Farias Cabello, Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Maos Ayerza.

Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Lobo , Juan Pablo Orlandi , Manuel Carizza ,Benjamin Macome , Tomas Cubelli , Santiago Fernandez , Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino


Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali'ifano, Joe Tomane; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy; Rob Simmons, James Horwill (capt); Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper

Replacements: Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Nic White, Matt Toomua, Bernard Foley.

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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