Australia host Argentina in a Tri Nations encounter at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday. The winner of this encounter will be in a great position to win the Tri Nations title, but who will come out victorious?
Both the Pumas and Wallabies come off morale boosting victories against New Zealand. Being at home will count in Australia's favour if they can match the intensity Argentina bring in the first 20 minutes.
Australia have endured a rather strange season thus far. They have only played New Zealand (four times) but their many positives have been mixed with some negatives.
An opening match 16-16 draw in Auckland was one of those positives. They then slipped to defeat in their second Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks in New Zealand.
The return to Australia brought hope that the Aussies to win the Bledisloe Cup, something they haven’t done in many years. Unfortunately, New Zealand piled on a record 43-5 win in that encounter.
The Wallabies bounced back to win 24-22 to in the final Bledisloe Cup match which will give them plenty of confidence. More importantly perhaps, seeing what Argentina achieved against New Zealand last week will ensure Australia don’t underestimate this week’s opponent.
Australia Team News
Prop James Slipper misses out through injury which sees the return of veteran Scott Sio.
Reece Hodge will continue at fly-half with Matt To’omua and James O’Connor still recovering from injury.
Australia Starting Line Up & Replacements
Starting line-up: 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 (c), 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 turned on the style last week as the caused a huge upset when they defeated New Zealand 25-15 in their Tri Nations opener.
It was the first time Argentina had ever beaten the All Blacks, but what made it more of a shock result was that the Pumas had not played Test match rugby since they were knocked out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
That result has opened the Tri Nations up to Argentina and Australia who now look like the more likely winners. But the question remains, can Argentina reproduce the performance from last week?
The lack of game time will surely cost Argentina at some point. Australia are also confident after beating the All Blacks so the visitors will likely have to be even better this weekend.
Argentina Team News
Argentina are unchanged after their magnificent result against the All Blacks.
On the bench there have been tweaks with prop Santiago Socino, loose forward Facundo Isa and utility back Emiliano Boffelli coming in.
Argentina Starting Line Up & Replacements
Starting line-up: 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 (c), 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chapparo.
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.
Australia vs Argentina Head to Head
Australia have won eight of their last nine matches against Argentina. The last time they met the Wallabies won 16-10 at the Suncorp Stadium in July 2019.
Australia vs Argentina Odds
Australia are priced at $1.50 with Argentina valued at $2.70 to win. A draw is available at $23.00 with BlueBet
The handicap for the match is set at 4 points.
Australia vs Argentina Match Up
Both teams will be brimming with confidence ahead of this encounter. They often produce very tight encounters with the Pumas keen to target Australia’s set pieces. The hosts have however improved that area of their game and should prove good enough to get the win.
Australia vs Argentina Stats
- Australia have won 8 of their last 9 matches against Argentina.
- Australia have covered the -4 handicap in 9 of their last 11 matches against Argentina.
- Australia beat New Zealand in their last match.
- Argentina have lost 15 of their last 16 away matches against Australia.
- Argentina won their last match by 10 points against New Zealand.