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Argentina vs Australia TRC Match Preview

Kane Douglas making his Test debut three weeks ago

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Article Published: Friday 5 October 2012|

Argentina's Pumas have not beaten Australia's Wallabies for fifteen years but many have predicted that they will end their wait for another victory this weekend.

Both teams go into the match off big losses but Argentina have been able to name the same team for the last three Test matches while Australia have lost several key players.

Last year in 2012, Australia had a strong year as they won the last ever TriNations tournament and were also crowned Super Rugby champions.

2013 has been very different as they wasn't even an Australian team in the Super Rugby final and injuries have ripped through Australian Rugby. Last week they lost Berrick Barnes and Adam Ashley-Cooper who between them have 118 Test caps.

While the Pumas have lost their last five matches they are always strong at home and managed to hold South Africa to a draw in August. That result caught the Springboks by surprise and sent a warning to New Zealand and Australia which may have done the Pumas more harm than good.

Argentina have played Australia 18 times since the two nations first played each other in 1979 and Argentina have won four times or 22% of their matches.

The average score when Argentina play Australia is Argentina 15 Australia 26.

Argentina have played Australia 7 times in Argentina and out of those 7 matches the Pumas have won 3 times lost 3 times and draw once so it's all even between the teams in Argentina. The draw does however mean that both teams have only won 43% of their matches in Argentina.

The last time Argentina hosted Australia in Argentina was more than 10 years ago in November 2002 and Australia won 6-17.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 1 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. This will be tight as Argentina will push the Wallabies to the edge but with Mike Harris kicking the Wallabies should just hang on. The Wallabies should sneak home and with this by 1 which shows the value Argentina have brought to the Rugby Championship.

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

Average score: Argentina 15 Australia 26

Last five results
15 Sep 2012 Argentina v Australia 19-23 Skilled Park, Gold Coast
10 Oct 2003 Argentina v Australia 8-24 Stadium Australia, Sydney
02 Nov 2002 Argentina v Australia 6-17 River Plate, Buenos Aires
24 Jun 2000 Argentina v Australia 25-32 Bruce Stadium, Canberra
17 Jun 2000 Argentina v Australia 6-53 Ballymore, Brisbane

Argentina's overall record against Australia
Played 18, Wins 4 , Losses 13 , Draws 1

Match :Argentina v Australia
Date : 6 Oct
Venue : Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
Kick Off : (2010 local, 2310 GMT, Sun 7 Oct 1210 NZT, Sun 7 Oct 1010 NSW/ACT, Sun 7 Oct 0110SAT)
Referee: C. Joubert (SARU)
Assistant Ref 1:J. Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2:P. Gauzere (FFR)
TMO : S. Borsani (UAR)



1.Rodrigo Roncero , 2.Eusebio Guinazu , 3.Juan Figallo , 4. Manuel Carizza , 5 Patricio Albacete , 6.Julio Farias Cabello , 7.Juan Manuel Leguizamón , 8.Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain) , 9.Martin Landajo , 10.Juan Martin Hernandez , 11.Horacio Agulla , 12.Santiago Fernandez , 13. Marcelo Bosch , 14.Gonzalo Camacho , 15.Lucas González Amorosino

Replacements : 16.Agustin Creevy , 17.Juan Pablo Orlandi , 18.Leonardo Senatore , 19.Thomas Leonardi , 20.Nicolas Vergallo , 21. Nicolas Sanchez , 22.Juan Imhoff


15. Mike Harris ,14. Nick Cummins ,13. Ben Tapuai ,12. Pat McCabe ,,11. Digby Ioane ,10. Kurtley Beale ,9. Nick Phipps ,8. Radike Samo ,7. Michael Hooper ,6. Sitaleki Timani ,5. Nathan Sharpe (captain),4. Kane Douglas ,3. Ben Alexander ,2. Tatafu Polota Nau ,1. James Slipper

Replacements :16. Saia Fainga'a ,17. Benn Robinson ,18. Dave Dennis ,19. Scott Higginbotham ,20. Liam Gill ,21. Brett Sheehan ,22. Dominic Shipperley

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