RECAP: Australia v Argentina
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the Rugby Championship[ Round Five encounter between Australia and Argentina in Townsville.
Each of the last two men’s Tests between Australia and Argentina has ended in a draw; only once in Test history have any two Tier 1 nations drawn three consecutive encounters (England vs France from February 1959 to February 1961).
Australia has lost only one of their last 17 men’s Tests against Argentina in Australia (won 14 and drawn two); although, seven of their last nine encounters in Australia have been decided by a margin of seven points or fewer on the day.
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Australia: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Rob Leota, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 James O’Connor, 23 Jordan Petaia.
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 Rodrigo Martinez, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Joaquin Oviedo, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Mateo Carreras.
Referee: Matthew Carley (ENG)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (RSA), Nic Berry (AUS)
TMO: Brett Cronan (AUS)