After the 36-13 fall in the second game against New Zealand, The Pumas will be measured against Wallabies this Saturday for the fifth date of Rugby Championship, with the aim of recovering from the last defeat. The duel will be on Saturday, at 6:50 am live on Star + and ESPN. Mario Ledesma and Dave rennie they confirmed the formations for said confrontation.
Australia will host the Argentine national team in Townsville for the fifth day of the competition. They are measured with two different realities after drawing both duels in the 2020 Three Nations.
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: It is the best moment for the Wallabies after a long time, in such a way that thanks to the two of them the triumphs they achieved against South Africa rose in the world ranking to third place, a position they had not occupied since June 2018. Argentina lost their fourth game consecutive in the Rugby Championship, something that had not happened since the 2017 tournament. Injuries also complicated the outlook for Mario Ledesma and his staff. The assembly of the best team is a puzzle, since in addition to the 14 players who suffered injuries this season, there are already 21 members of the first list of 67 called up who were not available since they arrived in Australia.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: Dave Rennie finally found what he has been looking for since taking over as Head Coach in 2020. He did not fare well in the Bledisloe Cup results, but the answers appeared against none other than South Africa. They are going for two wins against Argentina, something that was pending with the 2020 draws. The Pumas need to regain confidence, especially when they have the ball. The defense was the best, although the wear and tear from not having the ball began to be reflected in the number of injuries that were in the squad. The best came last weekend against the All Blacks, in a second half where the younger players raised their hands.
THE KEYS: When Los Pumas took control and the initiative of the game, there were the best moments of the team. Call it Matera’s try against South Africa or Boffelli’s try against the All Blacks, the fourth in Rosario’s history. Afterwards, unfortunately, there was only room to defend, as the tournament statistics show, with six Argentines leading the positive tackles: Matera, Bertranou, Montoya, Kremer, Lavanini and Alemanno. And with that, at this level, it is no longer enough. The best news was the return to the best level of Boffelli – he made the 13 points of the last game – Carreras that he fulfilled as opening, the desire of Gonzalo García during the minutes he was on the court and the good work of Cinti and Chocobares in the center . The Wallabies are looking forward to this game with great anxiety. They arrive very confident and with more attacking options than Los Pumas, something that can unbalance the Argentine defensive order. Kerevi and Koroibete are the breakthrough men, the appearance of Ikitau contributed a lot, both in defense and attack, and relying on Cooper and White’s experience in driving was a great success. The rucks will be key, as Australia relies heavily on that formation, with several fishermen to cut off rival attacks. Hooper is the specialist and there you will have to be very careful not to fall into a trap that also not only makes you lose possession, but also cuts inertia and confidence.
BACKGROUND: The two draws of the last Tri Nations during the pandemic in 2020 are still very present: 16 to 16 in Parramatta and 15 to 15 in Newcastle. Argentina arrives with a favorable record from its latest visits to Australia. He only lost in Brisbane 2019, in the Championship reduced by the World Cup, by 16 to 10. In 2018, those led by Mario Ledesma took the triumph of Gold Coast, the night of the saving tackle from Lavanini to Folau in the last minute , 23 to 19. The other away win was a long time ago, on the first tour of 1983, in the city of Ballymore, Brisbane, when the Argentines won 18-3 with a dominant scrum. The record in Oceania marks a broad superiority to Wallaby, who won 14 of the 18 test matches played.
AUSTRALIA: 1. James Slipper, 2. Folau Fainga’a, 3. Taniela Tupou; 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Matt Philip; 6. Rob Leota, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Rob Valetini; 9. Nic White, 10. Quade Cooper; 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Samu Kerevi, 13. Len Ikitau, 14. Andrew Kellaway; 15. Reece Hodge.
Alternates: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 James O’Connor, 23 Jordan Petaia
THE PUMAS: 1- Facundo Gigena, 2- Julián Montoya, 3- Santiago Medrano, 4- Matías Alemanno, 5- Tomás Lavanini, 6- Juan Martín Gonzalez, 7- Marcos Kremer, 8- Pablo Matera, 9- Gonzalo Bertranou, 10- Santiago Carreras , 11- Emiliano Boffelli, 12- Santiago Chocobares, 13- Lucio Cinti, 14- Santiago Cordero, 15- Juan Cruz Mallia
Substitutes: 16. Socino, Santiago 17. Martínez, Rodrigo 18. Pieretto, Enrique 19. Petti, Guido 20. Oviedo, Joaquín 21. García, Gonzalo 22. Miotti, Domingo 23. Carreras, Mateo