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Preview – Argentina v Australia

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The last test of the Rugby Championship almost feels like it will make or break Cheika time as coach for Australia as they face Argentina in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Both teams are coming off losses last week and both will be desperate to end the season with a win.

Argentina will take the win last month over the Aussies as motivation for this clash at home and try and do a back to back in Salta.

A win over the Aussies will mean Argentina will end third in the Championship.

For Australia they will be going into the test with just one win out of five test in this years Championship.

It is almost non-negotiable for Cheika and his players to end with a win this weekend.

There have been so many things wrong with Australia this year and they will have to step up physically and mentally in all aspects of the game.

The Australia team depends to much on a few players in their team to step up and if they don’t they fail.

Pocock, Folau and Hooper will be key if they want to beat Argentina at home but the other players needs to step up big time as well.

Australia can take the Pumas on at scrum time and lineouts which surprisingly the Pumas have struggled with this year.

If they can dominate the set pieces and breakdown they will have the battle won.

The problem is that Australia’s poor form on the road is hard to ignore as they’ve lost their last four away games, scoring more than 12 points just once in that run; they will be out to avoid losing a fifth-straight away match for the first time since 2005.

For the Pumas, Nicolas Sanchez has been in the form of his life in recent outings, with his running game causing both the Wallabies and All Blacks plenty of issues.

He seems to be full of confidence in that department so Australia must be wary of the threat the 29-year-old poses on Saturday.

If Sanchez, who is top of this year’s points chart in the Rugby Championship, can replicate his recent showings it will give the Pumas every chance of improving on their strongest campaign to date, with a possible three wins from six games real progress.

Prediction: This is a difficult one but the Aussies are playing for survival and should come right with 5 point win.

The teams:

Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere

Australia: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Rory Arnold, 21 Caleb Timu, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Matt Toomua, 24 Tom Banks

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