New Zealand will have the opportunity to recitify their defeat against Argentina when they face the same opposition on at the Bankwest Stadium in the Tri Nations on Saturday. The Pumas have made 10 changes to their starting line-up which will make it difficult to compete with a desperate New Zealand outfit.
Argentina have enjoyed two shock results over the last two weeks. After not playing any international rugby since going out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup at the group stage, they are unbeaten in two matches in the Tri Nations.
The Pumas saw off New Zealand 25-15 at the Bankwest Stadium to get their campaign underway. If that wasn’t a big enough shock, they backed it up the following week against Australia with a 15-15 draw.
Argentina were fortunate against Australia who dominated for large periods, but they defended brilliantly and got back into the match late on and drew level. The wheels could come off this weekend but Argentina have all the momentum at the moment.
Argentina Team News
Argentina head coach, Mario Ledesma has made 10 changes to the side that drew with Australia last week. This was inevitable after two successive weeks of tough Test rugby having previously not played for a year.
Nicolas Sanchez who has scored all of Argentina’s 40 points across their two matches retains his fly-half birth. Emiliano Boffelli comes in at full-back after missing the first two matches through injuries.
Flying winger, Juan Imhoff has been ruled out of the tournament with a torn hamstring. There will be a new centre partnership in Juan Cruz Mallia and Jeronimo de la Fuente.
Argentina Starting Line-up & Replacements
Argentina: 15-Emiliano Boffelli, 14-Ramiro Moyano, 13-Juan Cruz Mallia, 12-Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11-Santiago Cordero, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 9-Felipe Excurra, 8-Facundo Isa, 7-Marcos Kremer, 6-Pablo Matera (captain), 5-Lucas Paulos, 4-Guido Petti, 3-Santiago Medrano, 2-Julian Montoya, 1-Mayco Vivas.
Replacements: 16-Santiago Socino, 17-Nahuel Tetaz Chapparo, 18-Lucio Sordoni, 19-Matias Alemanno, 20-Santiago Grondona, 21-Gonzalo Bertranou, 22-Santiago Carreras, 23-Lucas Mensa.
New Zealand Form
New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup against Australia this year after winning two, drawing one and losing one in the four match series.
It was however the last Bledisloe Cup test which the All Blacks lost to Australia, and then they suffered a 25-15 defeat to Argentina in their next match.
All Blacks head coach, Ian Foster is under huge pressure to keep his job this week. Foster will hope this weekend something clicks and the inconsistency in performance starts to dissipate.
New Zealand Team News
Ian Foster has avoided making drastic changes to his starting line-up after losing to Argentina. Flank Akira Ioane, lock Scott Barrett and prop Nepo Laulala come into the line-up this week in the only three changes.
New Zealand Starting Line-up and Replacements
New Zealand: 15-Beauden Barrett, 14-Jordie Barrett, 13-Anton Lienert-Brown, 12-Jack Goodhue, 11-Caleb Clarke, 10-Richie Mo’unga, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Ardie Savea, 7-Sam Cane (captain), 6-Akira Ioane, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Scott Barrett, 3-Nepo Laulala, 2-Dane Coles, 1-Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16-Codie Taylor, 17-Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18-Tyrel Lomax, 19-Patrick Tuipulotu, 20-Hoskins Sotutu, 21-TJ Perenara, 22-Rieko Ioane, 23-Will Jordan.
Argentina vs New Zealand Head to Head
New Zealand lead Argentina 28-1 in their previous 30 matches with one draw. It was however Argentina who got their first ever win over New Zealand in their last match two weeks ago.
The Pumas won the match 25-15 at the Bankwest Stadium in Australia.
Argentina vs New Zealand Odds
New Zealand are short priced at $1.10 to win with Argentina paying $7.50 at bet365
. The draw is available at $43.00.
The handicap for the match is set at 18 points.
Argentina vs New Zealand Match Up
Argentina will be competitive and confident but with 10 changes to their side their will surely be a lack of quality in the side. The All Blacks are however out for revenge and will be firing on all cylinders after suffering a huge media backlash over the last two weeks.
Argentina vs New Zealand Stats
- Argentina are unbeaten in their last 2 matches.
- Argentina have made 10 changes to their starting line-up this weekend.
- New Zealand have beaten Argentina in 28 of their 30 matches.