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Preview – Argentina v All Blacks


Now there are many who have suddenly started talking about an Argentina win this weekend when Argentina host the All Blacks in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The All Blacks will be founding them in some unfamiliar territory coming off a lost and even more so coming off a lost at home against the Springboks.

At the same time the Pumas had a great win in Australia against the Wallabies but somewhere some reality must start to sink in for those that believe that Argentina can beat the All Blacks.

It was great wins for both the Springboks and Argentina in their last outings, but to suddenly believe that every team will undone the All Blacks is just insane.

The opposite will actually happen I believe with the All Blacks becoming even harder to beat now.

Argentina have made massive strives under their new coach Mario Ledesma but if it took a miracle for the Boks to beat the All Blacks in Wellington, it will take several for the Pumas to do the same this weekend.

Argentina will go into the match with enough confidence to even take on Trump, but they will come up against a team who will be more clinical, more accurate and more vigilante than before.

Even with some rain predicted for the game we know how good this All Blacks team can be come sunshine or rain and they will want to correct the mistakes from the Wellington test.

One can be sure that the first difference will be their defence. Hansen looked like he was more upset that the All Blacks let five tries through from the Springboks than with the actual lost.

We can expect the All Blacks to dominate the set pieces and collisions from the start which will make it very difficult for the Pumas to get into their game.

Both teams thrive off overturning possession with the breakdowns that will be highly contested.

Hansen made six changes to his starting lineup which sees Sonny Bill Williams returning to the side in the midfield.

TJ Perenara will also start at the number nine jumper, with Sam Whitelock captaining the side.

This game will be worth while staying up for and I am sure a lot of South African will be hoping for a Puma upset, but that will unfortunately not happen.

Prediction: Can only see an All Black win by 16 points or even more.


Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Matias Moroni, 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, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Matias Orlando, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere

New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Samuel Whitelock (c), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Aaron Smith, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

Date: Sunday, September 30
Venue: Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Kick-off: 00:40
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official: David Grashoff (England)


  1. Pretty strange innit? The 7th ranked team in the world pulls a (Japan) and already everyone thinks another upset is on the cards…

  2. @bryce_in_oz: Nah, the Pumas have improved exponentially under the new coach. Enough for an upset? Maybe – given the AB team; local conditions; self-belief of Pumas; and that little bump in the road the mighty ABs experienced last week… If I had to put money on the game, I would probably still go for ABs. But I will certainly cheer for the Pumas all the way!

  3. @bryce_in_oz: That’s what happens when you lose to number 7. All of a sudden Italy believes.

    Not that it will happen, but if NZ draw or lose this weekend and we then beat them, even by just one point, Ireland go to world number 1 without playing a game.

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