Rugby Championship: Argentina vs Australia

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Argentina host Australia in their last Rugby Championship fixture on Sunday the 8th of October at the Estadio Malvinas.

To Win Match
Argentina 19/ 10 |  Draw 22/1 | Australia 42/100
Handicap
Argentina 17/20 (+6.5) | Australia 1720 (-6.5) 

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Argentina vs Australia
Venue: Estadio Malvinas
Kick-off: 00:30
Referee - Mathieu Rayna

The Wallabies bounced back after their first-round drubbing left them looking a side that seemed to hang up their boots.

After a dynamic hard hitting showcase of rugby in Bloemfontein, The Australians need to do more travelling and deal with altitude and jet lag at the Estadio Malvinas.

The Aussies' 27 – 27 could have swung either way as Springbok Elton Jantjies missed a penalty - while the other end Kurindani was stopped on the line by Ross Cronje.

The Wallabies played great attacking rugby with Folau and Koroibete crossing over the whitewash – while Foley reached his 500 Test points.

Argentina, on the other hand, has had less luck coming into this tournament. With a winless record so far and 198 points scored against them. Their recent match against the All Blacks saw them score a solitary try – and unfortunately, their counterparts were too strong for them at home. Los Pumas have scored eight tries in their five matches. They're catching up, but are still a long way behind the rest of the Rugby Championship pack.

But with the last match on the cards, they’ll have nothing to lose and could easily try and challenge a jet-lagged Australian side.

Interesting Stats 
  • Argentina has a better lineout success rate than Australia by 5.1%
  • Australia have made 19 more clean breaks than Argentina
    • Australia have beaten 19 more defenders than Argentina
    • Out of the 11 matches played in Argentina between both sides – Australia have won six with one result ending in a draw
    • Australia have won 22 of the 28 matches played overall
    • Israel Folau has scored the most tries for the Wallabies with five
    • Flanker, Pablo Matera has made the fourth most tournament tackles with 43
    • Michael Hooper has made the most tackles with 59 followed by Sean McMahon 56.
    • Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau have a joint number of ball carries at 56
    • Augustin Creevy is on 55 ball carries
    Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau; 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge; 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia; 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey; 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda; 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
    Subs: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Lukhan Tui, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Henry Speight.

    Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
    Subs: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Banjamin Macome, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Santiago Cordero 

    Verdict: Australia 17/20 (-6.5)
    Michael Chieka's troops should have shown some guts to come back from the team everyone had written off. The backline combinations are finding success through fluidity and first phase ball from solid set pieces. 

    Although the trip to Argentina might be daunting Australia will capitalize on a winless Argentina to finish off with two wins in their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign.

    Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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