Australia host Argentina in Round 4 of the Rugby Championship and both teams are still looking for a first win of the tournament.
Australia v Argentina, Saturday 16th September, Canberra, KO 12:00 (South African time)
Weather Forecast: - Canberra
Referee: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Australia drew 23-23 with the Boks in Perth last weekend and at the halfway stage of the tournament they have 3 log points, 8 shy of South Africa and 11 behind New Zealand. The Wallabies were marginal favourites for last weeks game against the Springboks which was a nip and tuck affair with both sides scoring 2 tries. Earlier in the tournament Australia played the All Blacks twice and they impressed in 3 of the 4 halves of rugby. In Round 2 Australia were given the best part of 30 points start on the handicap in Dunedin and they came agonizingly close to pulling off a major upset, eventually going down 35-29 with the All Blacks scoring a late try. In Round 1 New Zealand had looked likely to inflict a major embarrassment on their rivals in Sydney before a second half Wallaby fightback reduced the deficit to 20 points (54-34).
Future Fixtures: Sep 30th South Africa (Bloemfontein), Oct 7th Argentina (Mendoza)
Los Pumas have yet to earn a log point although by far their most encouraging display came away to the All Blacks in New Plymouth last week. Although they conceded 6 tries (and scored just the 1) Argentina led at the break and at one stage in the second half they were 22-15 in front before the All Blacks finished strongly to run out winners 39-22. Argentina had been given around 30 points start on the handicap for that game so they delivered for plus backers for the first time in the tournament. Their first 2 matches saw them lose to the Springboks 37-15 in Port Elizabeth and 41-23 in Salta. Los Pumas only win overseas in 16 Rugby Championship matches came in South Africa in 2015.
Argentina have lost all 4 of their Rugby Championship visits to Australia but the average margin of their defeat is just 7 points.
Future Fixtures: Sep 30th New Zealand (Buenos Aires), Oct 7th Australia (Mendoza)
Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Marika Koroibete
Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Manuel Montero
Recent Head to Heads, (any venue)
2016 Twickenham Argentina 21–33 Australia (Tries 2-4 )
2016 Perth Australia 36–20 Argentina (Tries 5-2 )
2015 Twickenham Australia 29-15 Argentina (Tries 4-0) (RWC semi final)
2015 Mendoza Argentina 9-34 Australia (Tries 0-4)
2014 Mendoza Argentina 21–17 Australia (Tries 2-2 )
2014 Gold Coast Australia 32–25 Argentina (Tries 3-3 )
2013 Rosario Argentina 17–54 Australia (Tries 2-7 )
2013 Perth Australia 14–13 Argentina (Tries 1-1 )
2012 Rosario Argentina 19–25 Australia (Tries 1-1 )
2012 Gold Coast Australia 23–19 Argentina (Tries 2-2 )
Australia -12.5 points 9/10 Hollywood, Sunbet
Argentina +13.5 points 9/10 BetXchange, WSB
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Australia haven’t been consistently good enough at home for me to side with the minus. I do fancy the home win but the 1-12 margin is on my radar and additional interest comes in the shape of the Wallabies to lead by 1-7 points at half time.
Bet: 2 units Australia win 1-12 points 15/8 Sportingbet
2 units Half time winning margin, Australia by 1-7 points 18/10 BetXchange
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