Rugby Championship

Pumas drop wings for Oz duel

2014-09-10 13:33
Daniel Hourcade (AFP)

Gold Coast - Argentina have made three changes to their run-on team to face the Wallabies on Saturday, with both wings paying the price for poor performances against New Zealand last weekend.

The Pumas are still seeking their first Rugby Championship win after 15 attempts and have an uphill battle on the Gold Coast, with lock Tomas Lavanini suspended after being cited in the 28-9 defeat by the All Blacks.

The youthful Matias Alemanno takes his place in the only alteration to their powerful forward pack.

Wings Horacio Agulla and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino are the main casualties from the last match following a disappointing game in Napier, with Juan Imhoff and Manuel Montero preferred against the Wallabies.

Coach Daniel Hourcade has stuck with his dangerous halfback pairing of Martin Landajo and Nicolas Sanchez, who has proven to be a damaging attacker.

Although Argentina have suffered three straight losses, they pushed South Africa all the way in their opening two Tests and their strength remains in the scrum.

They go into Saturday's game looking to dominate through their punishing front-row of Ramiro Herrera, captain Agustin Creevy and Marcos Ayerza.

The Pumas also boast back-row strength with No 8 Leonardo Senatore, Juan Manuel Leguizamon and former skipper Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

Argentina last triumphed over the Wallabies in 1997 and it has been more than 30 years since they have beaten them in Australia.



15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne,10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 James Horwill, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Matt Hodgson, 22 Nic White, 23 Kurtley Beale


15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martin Hernandez, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe 6 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza

Substitutes: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Rodrigo Baez, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 23 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino


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