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Preview Castle Lager Rugby Championship – All Blacks v Argentina


The All Blacks totally outplayed the Pumas last weekend with precision on attack and the speed of their game. That left the Pumas to defend for most of the game and eventually the cracks started showing.

It was almost as if the Pumas was waiting for the All Blacks to mess up, and if you are wishing for that from this All Black team, then you will wait till the end of days.

You have to take the game to the New Zealanders and cut down on your mistakes. If you try to play their game you found yourself in for a hiding like the Aussies founded out earlier in the competition.

Argentina is one of those teams that can bring the physicality and that is what they need to bring this weekend to have a chance against the All Blacks.

They showed that they were dangerous with ball in hand but with the amount of possession they had on attack it was never going to help them beat them.

The Pumas coach has decided to bring in some new faces for this second test against the All Blacks.

In his pack he opted to drop Petti with Alemanno coming in at number four and Lavanini to partner him in the second row. On the side of the scrum he went with Gonzalez and Kremer and Matera shifting to number eight.

Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya and Facundo Gigena will form the front row to take on the All Blacks in the set pieces.

In the backs Carreras will take over from Sanchez who drops out of the squad for this weekend and Boffelli comes in on the wing partnering with Mallia and Cordera as the back three.

Cinti and Chocobares will form the midfield for the Pumas again this weekend.

For the All Blacks team this weekend, coach Foster has mixed it up. He only kept three off the starting XV from last weekend which will give his whole squad a chance before taking on the Springboks.

He has picked McKenzie at ten this weekend with TJ Perenara partnering him as the halfback pair. Beauden Barrett will play as cover this weekend from the bench.

Jordie Barrett and Bridge will be joined by Will Jordan as the back three for this clash with Rieko Ioane and Quinn Tupaea in the midfield.

Sotutu will pack down at number eight with Ardie Savea back on the side of the scrum to captain the side again. The loose trio will be completed with Blackadder who will pack down on the other side of the scrum.

In the front row we see Moody, Taukei’aho and Lomax to start the game.

He has some game breakers with Barrett on the bench in Jacobson, Taylor, Scott Barrett and Braydon Ennor.

This is going to be a massive test for Argentina against a team of players that will want to proof something to their coach. One can not see the All Blacks change their plan and expect plenty of tries again when they finish up after eighty minutes.

The game will be live on SuperSport at 11:55 and the man with the whistle is South African Jaco Peyper.


New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 George Bridge, 10 Damien McKenzie, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Ardie Savea (captain), 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 George Bower, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Braydon Ennor.

Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Facundo Gigena.

Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Carlos Muzzio, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Matias Moroni.

Rugby Championship 2021