Saturday, September 29, 2012

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP: New Zealand in Argentina

New Zealand v Argentina in La Plata (Rugby Championship)

Venue: Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Argentina is winless in this Rugby Championship competition. That results has not been for want of trying. In fact they are well respected by the other three teams in this competition.

New Zealand will need to be at their best. Daniel Carter is back for New Zealand. His presence makes a big difference when he is on the field. I can’t see them losing but be sure Argentina will push them right to the end.

Argentina at home are more than a handful and you can expect a highly charged, passionate and emotional home crowd that will lift these Pumas.

It’ll be a cracker of a game.

Last Five Encounters
08.09.2012 New Zealand 21-5 in Wellington (Rugby Championship)
09.10.2011 New Zealand 33-10 in Auckland (World Cup, Quarter-final)24.06.2006 New Zealand 24-19 in Buenos Aires
26.06.2004 New Zealand 41-7 in Hamilton
01.12.2001 New Zealand 24-20 in Buenos Aires

Argentina has Never defeated New Zealand. The closest they came was a 21-21 draw back in 1985 in Buenos Aires.

New Zealand Last Five P 5, W 5
15.09.2012 v South Africa W 21-11 in Dunedin (Rugby Championship)08.09.2012 v Argentina W 21-5 in Wellington (Rugby Championship)
25.08.2012 v Australia W 22-0 in Auckland (Bledisloe Cup; Rugby Champ.)18.08.2012 v Australia W 27-19 in Sydney (Bledisoe Cup; Rugby Champ.)23.06.2012 v Ireland W 60-0 in Hamilton

New Zealand has won it’s last 14 rugby test matches. The world record for test rugby is 18 held by Lithuania. Yes, Lithuania.

Wanna see? Lithuania’s test rugby record here at

Argentina Last Five P 5, W 1, D1, L 3
15.09.2012 v Australia L 19-23 in Gold Coast (Rugby Championship)
08.09.2012 v New Zealand L 5-21 in Wellington (Rugby Championship)25.08.2012 v South Africa D 16-16 in Mendoza (Rugby Champ.)
18.08.2012 v South Africa L 6-27 in Capetown (Rugby Champ.)
23.06.2012 v France L 10-49 in Tucuman

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-New Zealand 1st, Argentina 5th

IRB Ranking Points
New Zealand 92.43, Argentina 79.34

Prediction: New Zealand by 8 points




15   Lucas González Amorosino  Montpellier, France
14   Gonzalo Camacho  Exeter Chiefs, England
13   Marcelo Bosch  Biarritz, France
12   Santiago Fernández  Montpellier, France
11   Horacio Agulla  Bath Rugby, England
10   Juan Martin Hernandez Racing Metro, France
9   Martin Landajo  Club Atletico San Isidro
8   Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (Capt.) Toulon, France
7   Juan Manuel Leguizamon  Lyon OU, France
6   Julio Farías Cabello  Tucuman Rugby
5   Patricio Albacete  Toulouse, France
4   Manuel Carizza  Biarritz, France
3   Juan Figallo  Montpellier, France
2   Eusebio Guinazu  Biarritz, France
1   Rodrigo Roncero  Stade Français, France
16   Augustin Creevy  Montpellier, France
17   Marcos Ayerza  Leicester Tigers, England
18   Tomas Vallejos Cinalli Llanelly Scarlets, Wales
19   Thomas Leonardi  Los Pampas XV
20   Nicolás Vergallo  Stade Français, France
21   Martín Rodríguez Gurruchage  Stade Français, France
22   Juan José Imhoff  Racing Metro, France
    HEAD COACH: Santiago Phelan


New Zealand

15   Israel Dagg  Hawkes Bay
14   Corey Jane Wellington
13   Conrad Smith  Wellington
12   Ma'a Nonu  Auckland
11   Julian Savea Wellington
10   Daniel Carter Canterbury
9   Aaron Smith  Manawatu
8   Kieran Read Canterbury
7   Richard McCaw (Capt.) Canterbury
6   Liam Messan Waikato
5   Samuel Whitelock  Canterbury
4   Luke Romano  Canterbury
3   Owen Franks  Canterbury
2   Andrew Hore  Taranaki
1   Tony Woodcock North Harbour
16   Kevin Mealamu  Auckland
17   Charles Faumuina  Auckland
18   Brodie Retallick  Bay of Plenty
19   Samuel Cane Bay of Plenty
20   Piri Weepu  Auckland
21   Aaron Cruden  Manawatu
22   Benjamin Smith Otago
    HEAD COACH: Steven Hansen

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