Saturday, September 7, 2013

NEW ZEALAND v ARGENTINA; Rugby Championship


Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Referee: Jerome Garces (France)

Despite their close 17-22 loss to South Africa at home two weeks ago Argentina’s mission to New Zealand would almost seem to be mission impossible.

Argentina has shown they are a tough team at home to defeat but away they perform well below that standard. They are away to New Zealand this weekend and then again against Australia next weekend.

New Zealand will be lifted by the return from injury of Daniel Carter. Out with injury is Ma’a Nonu and his replacement and new test cap is the Aucklander Francis Saili.

Last Five Encounters
29.09.2012 New Zealand 54-15 in Buenos Aires (Rugby Championship)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
Argentina has never won a test match against New Zealand

New Zealand Last Five P 5, W 5
24.08.2013 v Australia W 27-16 in Wellington
17.08.2013 v Australia W 47-29 in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup; Rugby Champ.)
22.06.2013 v France W 24-9 in New Plymouth
15.06.2013 v France W 30-0 in Christchurch
08.06.2013 v France W 23-13 in Auckland

Argentina Last Five P 5, W 1, L 4
24.08.2013 v South Africa L 17-22 in Mendoza (Rugby Championship)
17.08.2013 v South Africa L 13-73 in Bloemfontein (Rugby Championship)22.06.2013 v Georgia W 29-18 in San Juan
15.06.2013 v England L 26-51 in Buenos Aires
08.06.2013 v England L 3-32 in Salta

Match Milestones
’Dan Carter is sitting on 1399 points in Test matches, so is set to become the first player to post 1400 Test points. Carter is also closing in on Jonny Wilkinson's world record of 255 penalty goals in Tests. Carter is on 248. Captain Richie McCaw will play his 48 Rugby Championship/Tri-Nations Test which will equal George Gregan as the most caps in the series. And the All Blacks are one short of equalling France's record of 382 Test victories.
Captain Richie McCaw wins his 119th cap, equalling the record set by England’s Jason Leonard as the fourth most capped player in test history.
Francis Saili will be making his test debut.’

Thanks to

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: New Zealand 4th, Argentina 15th

IRB Ranking Points
New Zealand 91.64, Argentina 76.41

Prediction: New Zealand by 35 points


New Zealand


15   Israel Dagg  Hawkes Bay
14   Benjamin Smith  Otago
13   Conrad Smith Wellington
12   Francis Saili Auckland
11   Julian Savea  Wellington
10   Daniel Carter Canterbury
9   Aaron Smith  Manawatu
8   Kieran Read  Canterbury
7   Richie McCaw (Capt.) Canterbury
6   Steven Luatua Auckland
5   Samuel Whitelock  Canterbury
4   Brodie Retallick  Bay of Plenty
3   Charlie Faumuina  Auckland
2   Andrew Hore  Taranaki
1   Tony Woodcock  North Harbour
16   Daniel Coles Wellington
17   Wayne Crockett Canterbury
18   Benjamin Franks Hawkes Bay
19   Jeremy Thrush Wellington
20   Samuel Cane Bay of Plenty
21   Tawera Kerr-Barlow  Waikato
22   Beauden Barrett Taranaki
23   Charles Piutau Auckland
    HEAD COACH: Steven Hansen



15   Juan Martín Hernández  Racing Metro 92, France
14   Gonzalo Camacho  Exeter Chiefs, England
13   Marcelo Bosch  Saracens, England
12   Santiago Fernández  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
11   Horacio Agulla  Bath Rugby, England
10   Nicolás Sánchez  Union Bordeaux Bègles, France 
9   Martin Landajo  Club Atletico San Isidro
8   Juan Manuel Leguizamón  RC Toulonnais, France
7   Pablo Matera  Asociación Alumni 
6   Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (Capt.) Sale, England
5   Julio Farías Cabello  London Welsh, England
4   Manuel Carizza  Racing Metro 92, France
3   Juan Figallo  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
2   Eusebio Guiñazú  Bath Rugby, England
1   Marcos Ayerza Leicester Tigers
16   Agustín Creevy  Worcester Warriors, England 
17   Nahuel Lobo  Newcastle Falcons, England
18   Juan Pablo Orlandi  Bath Rugby, England
19   Mariano Galarza  Leinster, Ireland
20   Benjamín Macome Tucuman Rugby
21   Tomás Cubelli  Belgrano Athletic
22   Felipe Contepomi  Stade Français, France
23   Lucas González Amorosino Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
    HEAD COACH: Santiago Phelan

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