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Australia Vs. Argentina
2012 Rugby Championship, 16 September, 2012
|Skilled Park, Robina, Gold Coast, QLD|
|Australia 13 v Argentina 19 (2nd Half)|
|Referee: W Barnes|
|Touch judges: N Owens & G Jackson|
The Wallabies take on Argentina for the first time ever in the revamped Rugby Championship from 7.30pm AEST tonight. Join us on The Roar for scores, comments and updates from Skilled Park.
History is being made in a few ways for this match as tonight is also the first time the Wallabies play a full test match on the Gold Coast.
Leading into this game the short Argentinian history playing in the Rugby Championship would have to be considered quite successful.
Their first match was a tough outing in South Africa where they managed to hang tight and keep it respectful after being over-run on a few occasions.
The reverse fixture in Mendoza saw the Argies pick up two points for a remarkable 16-all draw. They outworked South Africa throughout that game and were unlucky to concede the win through a charge-down try.
Last week saw the men in blue and white take on the All Blacks at the Cake Tin in Wellington. They were more than worthy throughout the match and lead for a significant portion when their 35 year old prop, Rodrigo Roncero crashed over early on.
The 21-5 score-line was better than the Wallabies could manage in the same fixture. The committed Argentina defensive wall thwarted the All Blacks until the 66th minute, a fantastic result.
Leading into this match the Wallabies pulled off their first win last week against South Africa. After two losses where they never really stood up for themselves, taking on the ‘Boks and coming away victors should build a bit of confidence.
The most interesting positional change to last week for the Wallabies is the absence of Will Genia because of his six month knee injury. Nick Phipps is going to start this week and will undoubtedly find himself the target of harassment and physical intimidation.
The Argentina side specifically targeted Aaron Smith and gave him enough of a hard time that the coaching staff have decided to install Piri Weepu in the starting side for their clash this week. This isn’t a good omen for the treatment coming the way of the sometimes indecisive Phipps.
Kane Douglas has also been called up to replace bulk-for-bulk the injured Sitaleki Timani. Stephen Moore will probably get his bench spot after being out with injury last week.
In the backs the return of Pat McCabe sees Berrick ‘boot to ball’ Barnes moved to fullback where the woefully out of form Kurtley Beale has been deposed to the bench.
The split of the Wallabies bench is not the five forwards/two backs that Robbie Deans seems to prefer. He has included three backs in this selection. The energy tanks of all the tight five forwards will be tested against a never stop Argentina pack tonight.
Argentina has made a change to the starting halfback position as well. Martin Landajo gets the nod over the experienced Nicolas Vergallo. This could be an admission that they need to find a little more zip in their game to more regularly trouble the scorers. However, this is the single change to a side that has been very stable throughout this tournament.
Join us tonight for what should be a hard-fought, close encounter from 7.30pm AEST. The Roar is the place to be for all the scores, commentary, live blog and where you can have your say.
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