The McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle is the venue for Saturday's Tri Nations clash between Australia and an Argentina side who pulled off the mother of all surprises against the All Blacks last week.
Australia v Argentina, Newcastle, Saturday 21st November, KO 10:45 (South African time)
REFEREE: Paul Williams
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Ben O'Keeffe (NZR), Angus Gardner
TMO: Nic Berry
Weather Forecast - Newcastle
The Wallabies sat out last week and they return to action on the back of a thrilling 24-22 victory over the All Blacks in Brisbane in their second match of the tournament. That represented a massive turnaround in form given when the teams met in the tournament opener the All Blacks piled on a record victory margin between the sides, dishing out a 43-5 hiding in Sydney.
It leave the Wallabies back in with a shout of winning the title with this being the first of 2 matches against Los Pumas.
Argentina registered a first ever win over New Zealand in Western Sydney last week. It was their first action of the tournament and a first competitive match since RWC 2019 and Nicolas Sanchez was the hero, scoring 1 try which he converted along with 6 penalties as Los Pumas came out on top 25-15.
That was Argentina's first ever win over New Zealand and it came in a match where they had been given more than 20 points start by the bookmakers on the handicap.
Australia: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Nic White, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Valetini, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Noah Lolesio, 23 Filipo Daugunu
Argentina: 15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Santiago Grondona, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Emiliano Boffelli, 23 Santiago Cordero
Recent Head to Heads, (any venue)
2019 Brisbane Australia 16–10 Argentina (Tries 1-1 )
2018 Salta Argentina 34-45 Australia (Tries 4-6)
2018 Gold Coast Australia 19–23 Argentina (Tries 3-2)
2017 Mendoza Argentina 20-37 Australia (Tries 2-5)
2017 Canberra Australia 45–20 Argentina (Tries 6-2 )
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)
Average early show, to be updated
Australia –4.5 points at 9/10
Argentina +5.5 points at 9/10
Note, odds quoted are a reflection of what was available at the time of the last update but are subject to change.
All of the talk this week is whether Argentina can follow up the win over the All Blacks by reproducing that intensity against the Wallabies? There are plenty of examples (think England at the RWC) where a team has played brilliantly one week and experienced a drop in performance the next.
The opinion in the Goodforthegame Forum and on last nights rugby betting show THE HANDICAP is largely divided but I find myself leaning towards the Pumas. The way they bossed that New Zealand team in the pack and in the tackle has me thinking that they may not quite have to reproduce that form to win here.
Rather than the handicap I am going for a straight win on the Argies and will look for a points play (total points line 47.5) closer to kick off which I will post in the forum.
BET: 3 units Argentina win at 39/20 at Betway
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