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The Wallabies tackle Argentina in the Tri Nations tonight in Newcastle. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the game, kicking off at 7:45pm (AEDT).
The Pumas stunned the All Blacks 25-15 at Bankwest Stadium last weekend and Mario Ledesma’s side will be aiming to make it two wins from two against Australia.
This encounter carries a bit of extra spice thanks to the presence of maligned former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in the Argentine coaches box.
New Australian coach Dave Rennie now has a golden opportunity to take out the Tri Nations title in his first season at the helm, thanks to Argentina’s boil-over as well as the Wallabies’ own triumph over their trans-Tasman rivals in Brisbane a fortnight ago.
The Wallabies beat the All Blacks 24-22 in their last outing, and a win tonight in the Hunter would be another large stride towards claiming the Tri Nations.
Despite the Pumas’ success over the All Blacks last week, the home side start heavy favourites on this occasion.
Kick-off: 7:45pm (AEDT)
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Coverage: Kayo, Fox Sports
Odds: Australia $1.44, Argentina $2.80
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.
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 Chaparro. 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.