This test match is the Los Pumas’ 2nd against New Zealand in Rugby Championship 2017.
Round 5 clash- Los Pumas v All Blacks Live Investec Rugby Championship 2017 on Sat 30 September. I think it is a better opportunity to record a first ever victory over the world champions because Buenos Aires’ Estadio Jose Amalfitani again hosts Argentina’s home Test against New Zealand. Still, the Pumas will need to overturn a run of poor showings against New Zealand at home with all four of their Rugby Championship Tests in South America ending in an average 20-point defeat. They are also more dangerous at home than away, where the effect of travel often contributes to their late lapses. The Pumas know if they can eliminate the kind of lapse that allowed three late All Black tries in New Plymouth, they might keep New Zealand under enough pressure to record a historic win.
*Argentina v New Zealand Sat 30th Sept – Rugby Championship 2017
*Estadio Vélez Sarsfield
*Buenos Aires, Argentina
*Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 7:00 PM
*Sunday, October 1, 11:40 am (NZ time)
*Live on Sky Sports Action from 11.30pm.
Tune in for the live action and analysis from the Estadio Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires on Saturday 30 September and enjoy the highlights.
If Argentina could have sustained the performance a little longer, their 32-year losing streak might have been broken. Los Pumas know if they can eliminate the kind of lapse that allowed three late All Black tries in New Plymouth, they might keep New Zealand under enough pressure to record a historic win. The Pumas applied concerted pressure in that match, which rattled many of the All Blacks’ less experienced players, who relied on a dashing solo try to young flanker Vaea Fifita to turn the tide.
The All Blacks fielded a similar side when the teams met in New Plymouth earlier this month and were lucky to scrape home with a 39-22 win after trailing until the 54th minute. The All Blacks fielded a similarly weakened side when the teams met for the first time this season at New Plymouth on September 9 and were lucky to scrape home 39-22 after trailing until the 54th minute. It’s not that the All Blacks are short on depth, as evidenced by the way Rieko Ioane and Vaea Fifita have already performed in their debut seasons
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Martin Hernandez, 23 Santiago Cordero
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 David Havili
As a conclusion, New Zealand will gamble an unbeaten record in 25 Tests against Argentina on the ability of a second-string side to substantially improve when the teams meet in a Rugby Championship Test. Foster and coach Steve Hansen have denied the All Blacks are disrespecting Argentina by naming a weakened side, with the five missing players rested after heavy workloads this season.