Argentina gave the All Blacks something of a fright last weekend and if they can maintain their intensity for a full 80 minutes this weekend, a first Rugby Championship win over the Wallabies on Australian soil could be in prospect.
The Pumas took the game to New Zealand with an explosive mixture of forward power and backline expansiveness for a full 50 minutes in Hamilton last weekend before succumbing 57-22 to the best team in the world.
Coming on the back of a victory over South Africa in Salta in their previous outing, the display sent out a clear message that Argentina are a significant threat to an Australia team still finding their confidence.
And Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper says: “They’re good around the field, their offload play’s brilliant and they’re just a different outfit.
“It’s something we’re getting more used to but not something we’re fully across yet.”
Of the Aussies, Argentina looseforward Juan Manuel Leguizamon says: “We made a great effort against the All Blacks, but against this type of team that is not enough. Australia are a very unpredictable opponent.
“Although some may think they are not at their best…”