Argentina poor form in this years Rugby Championship continued last weekend when they were again outplayed in their match against the Wallabies. That means that they have not registered a single log point in five outings this year.
This week things got worst after six players got stuck in New South Wales after a border breach prevented them to rejoin their squad which means they will miss the last round of matches and can only join their team on Sunday, just in time to fly back to Argentina.
This left coach Ledesma to make five changes to his side to face the Aussies on Saturday.
Matias Moroni will replace Santiago Cordero on the wing. This is the only change in his backline form last weekend starting XV.
The rest of the changes comes in his pack with Bruni taking over from Matera and in the second row Petti replace Alemanno as well. It is also a new look front row for Ledesma with Pieretto, Martinez and Montoya.
This will make the task even harder for the struggling Puma side facing a Aussies team that is on a high after beating the World Champions twice and Argentina once in the last few weeks.
Dave Rennie has made a few changes himself for this weekend clash with Greg Holmes becoming the oldest Wallaby player since World War II after he has been included on the bench. Holmes played his last test for his country in 2016. He will run on to the field later in the match as a 38-year old when he come off the bench on Saturday.
McMahon was also included on the bench for this one after he last played for the Wallabies in 2017.
In total Rennie made three changes in his starting XV with Pete Samu getting his shot for the first time this year. He will be joined by his captain Hooper and Valentini as the loose trio this Saturday.
Rodda and Tupou will pack down in the second row with Slipper, Fainga’a and Tupou in the front row.
In the backs Petaia will start on the wing after Koroibete has been given the week off to spend some quality time at home with his newborn.
Petaia will join Hodge and Kellaway to form the back three with Ikitau and Kerevi in t he midfield. Cooper will be at ten with Nic White next to him to form again the halfback pair.
Australia look set to finish second in the championship and they will be chasing their 4th straight win in the Championship.
This is going to be a hard one for Argentina to win but we have seen plenty of times how the side with their back against the wall comes out winners, so Australia must not take this one lightly.
The game will be live on SuperSport at 08:50
Australia: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Pete Samu, 5 Darcy Swain, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Jack Gordon, 22 James O’Connor, 23 Tom Wright.
Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Rodrigo Martinez.
Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Thomas Gallo, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Francisco Gorrissen, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Mateo Carreras.
Rugby Championship 2021