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The second match in Round 5 of the Rugby Championship is in Buenos Aires where Argentina’s Pumas host New Zealand’s All Blacks.

Argentina have played the All Blacks 23 times since 1985 and they have yet to beat New Zealand. Their closest effort was in the second Test when they drew 21 all in Buenos Aires.

That means that Argentina have a record of losing 96% of their matches to the All Blacks at an average score of Argentina 14 New Zealand 41.

In Argentina the Pumas perform a little stronger although they are still waiting for their first victory. They have played 9 matches against New Zealand and lost 8.

The average score when the teams meet in Argentina is : Argentina 16 New Zealand 32.

In their last meeting the Pumas pushed the All Blacks hard until the 50th minute at which point the All Black bench came on and the Pumas were unable to keep up.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made nine changes for this clash. For a team that does not change around too much that is a big number of changes but Hansen is looking ahead to their trip to South Africa next week and their remaining matches this year.

In the forwards, loose forward Liam Squire will make his first Test start in his fourth Test, at blindside flanker, replacing the injured Jerome Kaino. Elsewhere in the forwards lock Patrick Tuipulotu will start alongside Brodie Retallick, with Sam Whitelock moving to the bench.

Ofa Tu’ungafasi comes onto the bench as replacement prop for Charlie Faumuina; while Elliot Dixon comes into the 23 as loose forward cover.

In the backs, TJ Perenara will start at halfback, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow coming onto the bench, while Anton Lienert-Brown will start at centre in his fourth Test, replacing Malaki Fekitoa.

Damian McKenzie has been picked in a matchday 23 for the first time and will become All Black number 1154 when he makes his expected Test debut from the bench.

At the time of writing the Pumas had not yet named their team but they are not expected to make any sweeping changes.

While this week’s New Zealand team is not as strong as the one that played in their last meeting the All Black squad has such incredible depth and quality currently that they should still be able to win comfortably this week.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 21 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Pumas should deliver another brave performance this week but they have said they are targeting two wins this season and next week’s task of beating Australia would be a more reasonable target than the worlds best team. New Zealand should win by 18.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 5/HD.

Average score: Argentina 14 New Zealand 41

Last five results
10 Sep 2016 Argentina v New Zealand 22-57 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
20 Sep 2015 RWC Pool Argentina v New Zealand 16-26 Wembley Stadium, London
17 Jul 2015 Argentina v New Zealand 18-39 Rugby League Pk, Christchurch
27 Sep 2014 Argentina v New Zealand 13-34 La Plata
06 Sep 2014 Argentina v New Zealand 9-28 Napier

Argentina’s overall record against New Zealand
Played 23 , Wins 0, Losses 22 , Draws 1

Match No.10:Argentina v New Zealand
Date : 1 Oct 2016
Venue : Buenos Aires
Kick Off local: 19.10
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 2:Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO : Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Teams

Argentina

1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro , 2. Agustín Creevy , 3. Ramiro Herrera , 4. Guido Petti , 5. Matías Alemanno , 6. Pablo Matera , 7. Javier Ortega Desio , 8. Facundo Isa , 9. Martín Landajo (c) , 10. Nicolás Sánchez , 11. Ramiro Moyano , 12. Santiago González Iglesias , 13. Matías Moroni , 14. Santiago Cordero , 15. Joaquín Tuculet

Replacements : 16. Julian Montoya , 17. Lucas Noguera , 18. Enrique Pieretto , 19. Juan Manuel Leguizamon , 20. Leonardo Senatore , 21. Tomás Cubelli , 22. Jerónimo De la Fuente , 23. Matías Orlando.

New Zealand

1. Joe Moody , 2. Dane Coles , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Patrick Tuipulotu , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Squire , 7. Ardie Savea , 8. Kieran Read (c) , 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Beauden Barrett , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Ryan Crotty , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Israel Dagg , 15. Ben Smith ,

Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor , 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi , 19. Samuel Whitelock, 20. Elliot Dixon , 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 22. Lima Sopoaga, 23. Damian McKenzie.

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