2020 Tri Nations Series – Australia vs Argentina Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Australia vs Argentina taking place? Saturday 5th December, 2020 – 08:45 (UK)

Where is Australia vs Argentina taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta

Where can I get tickets for Australia vs Argentina? All matches are currently running at a reduced capacity. Click here for more info

What channel is Australia vs Argentina on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Australia vs Argentina? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Nic White, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20 Rob Valetini, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Tom Banks

ARGENTINA: 15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Facundo Isa, 6 Santiago Grondona, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Jose Luis Gonzalez, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Francisco Gorrissen, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Santiago Chocobares

THE PREDICTION

Although the Tri Nations Cup is all-but secured by New Zealand after their emphatic 38-0 whitewash of Argentina last week, this match is technically not a dead rubber. The Pumas need to win by a 93-point margin to upset the points differential, whilst the Australia need an extra eight points more. In the immense unlikelihood that either side will defeat the other by so many points, there is little pressure on this match to do anything other than win it and not come last. Argentina, however, have been in turmoil this week over the sacking of their captain Pablo Matera and his suspension, alongside Guido Petti and Santiago Socino, for historical xenophobic social media posts uncovered recently and then the flip-flopping on that decision on Wednesday. This unrest in the camp, as well as their brutal defeat last weekend, should leave little room in their stomachs for a last hurrah here and the Wallabies can enjoy an offensive exhibition where they likely share the tries amongst a rotating line-up. Australia should be able to cover -15 in this match against a Pumas side that likely just wants to go home.

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