Wallabies vs Argentina: Rugby Championship live scores, blog
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Argentina Vs. Australia
2012 Rugby Championship, 7 October, 2012
|Estadio Gigante de arroyito, Rosario|
|Australia 25 defeated Argentina 19|
|Referee: C Joubert|
|Touch judges: J Peyper & P Gauzere|
This morning Wallabies take on Argentina, in Rosario at 10am AEST, in the final round of the inaugural Rugby Championship. Join us here for live scores, commentary and banter during the match!
Australia head over to Argentina after a torrid time of it against South Africa last week. Several members of that side are not able to make the trip, while other players lost their spot in the side due to form.
Adam Ashley-Cooper and Berrick Barnes are being replaced in the backline by Ben Tapaui and Mike Harris respectively. They are joined by Nick Cummins on the wing in his Wallaby debut, replacing Dominic Shipperley for this match.
The backline will take some time to find it’s rhythm as they haven’t had much game time together but there is some potential for scoring points out there. In particular Cummins and Tapuai are strong runners of the ball and will want to prove their selections as warranted.
In the forwards Robbie Deans has put together a big, athletic group. Sitaleki Timani returns from injury and will pack down on the side of the scrum instead of Dave Dennis, adding considerable bulk and a powerful running option to the starting pack. James Slipper has been preferred over Benn Robinson due to his fitness and game around the park to combat the Pumas break down skill.
Shipperley, Robinson and Dennis will be on the bench instead of the starting side and the other change there is the appearance of Scott Higginbotham on his return from injury also.
Argentina have an unchanged starting side to defend their home turf in Rosario, the home of rugby in the country.
On the bench Nicolas Sanchez replaces the injured back Martin Rodriguez. Juan Pablo Orlandi and Leonado Senatore add new substitute options at the hooker and lock positions.
They will come out all guns blazing, trying to secure that elusive first win in the Rugby Championship. No one would call their first foray into this tough competition a failure, but a win in front of the passionate home crowd would leave them with a wonderful taste of success.
The Wallabies camp, in naming a bulkier forward pack, obviously expect for Pumas to try and emulate the breakdown ascendency that worked so well for the Springboks last week.
But don’t expect the Argentines to ignore space out wide. They certainly tried to attack those areas against New Zealand in Buenos Aires. While they were soundly beaten on the scoreboard there were numerous times where the All Blacks had to back pedal and make a number of covering tackles. The Wallabies will need to be on their game even with the new defensive partnerships they will deploy out wide.
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