Australia vs Argentina: Wallabies wary of enthusiastic Pumas side

Australia predicted to overcome Los Pumas in a nailbiting clash
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The Wallabies remain undefeated on the Gold Coast in their last two battles against the Pumas (Getty Images)

 Australia vs Argentina Preview & Betting Tips 


The Wallabies are set to extend their stay in the Sunshine state for another week when the clash with the Pumas on the Gold Coast.

Australia


The Wallabies will be pleased to grab a much needed 23-18 win over South Africa last week in Brisbane. The Aussies were crippled by late changes up until kick-off and will welcome back Israel Folau, David Pocock and possibly Adam Coleman this week.

The Wallabies had some issues coping with the rolling maul from the Springbok pack last week and will be expecting a similar game plan from a Pumas side coached by former Wallabies assistant, Mario Ledesma.

Taniela Tupou had a massive impact in the scrum for the Wallabies, winning two crucial penalties in the second half. The Tongan Thor is likely to come into calculations for a starting slot against the Pumas.  

Kurtley Beale remains the preferred option at flyhalf in place of Bernard Foley, with Matt Toomua providing stability at inside centre. 
Argentina

Despite the 46-24 scoreline, there were plenty of positives for Los Pumas coach Mario Ledesma to take from Argentina’s loss against New Zealand in Nelson.

Wingers Ramiro Moyano and Bautista Delguy give Argentina some serious strike power out wide, with Moyano showcasing some fancy footwork against New Zealand to get across the chalk. Flyhalf Nicholas Sanchez also continued his outstanding form, crossing for his third try in as many appearances and becoming his country's all-time leading point scorer.

Argentina would have noted the two tries that the Springboks scored off a rolling maul and I’m predicting the visitors forward pack to give the Wallabies a real workout in an intriguing matchup on the Gold Coast.
Head-to-Head

These two sides have met 29 times with the Wallabies holding the edge in the rivalry 23-5. Australia recorded back-to-back wins over Argentina in the 2017 Championship, including a 37-20 win over Los Pumas in Mendoza. 

The Wallabies last played Argentina on the Gold Coast in 2014, recording a hard-fought 32-25 win. The last two fixtures on the Gold Coast have been decided by seven points or less. 

Match Up


Argentina have endured a horrendous time since the World Cup, losing the last ten Test matches away from home. Los Pumas will be aiming to get across the advantage line through a rolling maul before moving the ball to Nicholas Sanchez and Bautista Delguy. 

The back three for the Pumas were outstanding in Super Rugby this season a poor kicking game from Kurley Beale is likely to be punished on the counter-attack. The Wallabies welcome back Israel Folau and David Pocock to their side. 

The ability of Folau to score from the air, makes him one of the best finishers in world rugby. 

The back row combination of Hooper and Pocock give the Wallabies the advantage at the breakdown and plenty of chances to capitalise on the loose ball from an ill-disciplined Pumas side.

Key Statistics 


  • The Wallabies have averaged 17.2 points across their last 6 Test Matches.
  • The Wallabies have won 15 of the last 16 matches against Argentina.
  • The Wallabies have a 14-1 home record against Argentina.
  • The Wallabies will be aiming for consecutive wins in the Rugby Championship for the first time since 2016.
  • Argentina have lost the last 10 Test Matches played away from home.
  • Argentina’s Nicholas Sanchez has scored a try in his last 3 matches in the Rugby Championship.
Verdict

The Wallabies will be hoping to build on a renewed sense of optimism after getting across the line in a scrappy win over the Springboks last week in Brisbane.

It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination but were plenty of positives for the men in gold to take away, after two mauling’s at the hands of the All-Blacks. 

It’s an ugly line of 10.5 points and I think there will be some real value in the individual try scoring markets on the visitor’s side. I’ll update the player markets close to kick-off, with some try scoring tips.

Best Bet: Australia Win 1-12 points @ 3.10
Anytime Tryscorer: Nicholas Sanchez @ 5.00
First Tryscorer: Bautista Delguy @ 17.00
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Dan Gardner 13 September 2018

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