The Rugby Championship returns on Saturday in Round 3 when New Zealand’s All Blacks host Argentina’s Pumas in Hamilton.
The All Blacks (in first place) are the only unbeaten team remaining in the Rugby Championship after beating Australia twice.
Argentina are third having lost to South Africa once and beaten them once. South Africa are second on points difference.
The All Blacks and Pumas last met in September last year during the Rugby World Cup and the match was won 26-16 by the All Blacks.
Overall the All Blacks have played Argentina 22 times since 1985 and the All Blacks have won 21 matches. There was one draw in 1985 when the teams met for the second time.
Since then the All Blacks have won the last 20 matches with an average score of : New Zealand 40 Argentina 13.
On New Zealand soil the teams have met 12 times and the All Blacks have a perfect record with an average score of : New Zealand 47 Argentina 11.
The teams have met three times already in Hamilton (1997, 2004 and 2013) and the All Blacks have won all three with an average score of 44-10.
For this match Argentina have made three changes to the side that beat South Africa two weeks ago. Inpirational loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamon, lock Tomas Lavini and wing Manuel Montero have been left out of the squad.
Instead Olympic Sevens flyer Moroni Matias starts on the right wing which pushes Santiago Cordero to the left wing.
In the forward pack Javier Ortega Desio starts at openside flanker while Guido Petti has been promoted from the bench to the second row.
New Zealand have also made three changes for this match and Ryan Crotty returns at second five-eighth, with Anton Lienert-Brown moving to the 23 jersey while Codie Taylor is named at replacement hooker and Luke Romano comes onto the bench as lock cover.
All Blacks Captain Kieran Read will play his 90th Test match on Saturday while prop Owen Franks will play his 83rd.
The Bookies have given Argentina a 25 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Given the All Blacks exceptional form only a win for New Zealand can be predicted in this match. The All Blacks will most likely be held for around 50 minutes but then they will run away with the victory and should win by 28.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.
Average score: New Zealand 40 Argentina 13
Last six results
20 Sep 2015 (WC) New Zealand v Argentina 26-16 Wembley Stadium, London
17 Jul 2015 New Zealand v Argentina 39-18 Rugby League Pk, Christchurch
27 Sep 2014 New Zealand v Argentina 34-13 La Plata
06 Sep 2014 New Zealand v Argentina 28-9 Napier
28 Sep 2013 New Zealand v Argentina 33-15 La Plata
07 Sep 2013 New Zealand v Argentina 28-13 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
New Zealand’s overall record against Argentina
Played 22 , Wins 21 , Losses 0 , Draws 1
Match No.5:New Zealand v Argentina
Date : 10 Sep 2016
Venue : FMG Stadium, Hamilton
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO : George Ayoub (Australia)
1. Joe Moody , 2. Dane Coles, 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Julian Savea, 12. Ryan Crotty , 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 14. Israel Dagg , 15. Ben Smith,
Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Charlie Faumuina , 19. Luke Romano, 20. Ardie Savea , 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Aaron Cruden , 23. Anton Lienert-Brown
Joaquin Tuculet, Matthias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Juan Martin Hernandez, Santiago Cordero, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo, Facundo Isa, Javier Ortega Desio, Pablo Matera, Matias Alemanno, Guido Petti, Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (capt), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Enrique Pieretto, Marcos Kremer, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Ramiro Moyano.