The second and final test between Argentina and Wales takes place in Santa Fe on Saturday, the visitors lead the series 1-0 but despite a bitterly disappointing display last week the Pumas are have been trading as marginal favourites.
Argentina v Wales, Saturday 16th July, Santa Fe, KO 21:40 (South African time)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Los Pumas were the subject of plenty of confidence among punters for the first test last week. The handicap line moved from an early show of 3.5 points to 5.5 points by kick off but sadly those of us who fancied the minus were never in the hunt.
The final score of 23-10 in favour of Wales in San Juan was hard to argue with as Argentina put in a flat display and their only try came late on from Tomas Lezan when the game was out of reach.
This series comprises of just the 2 matches and last time Argentina were in Santa Fe they lost 35-25 to a largely second string England side 12 months ago.
Argentina have now won just 3 of their last 21 internationals and those victories came in Japan in 2016 and at home to Georgia and in Italy in 2017.
Wales were the only northern hemisphere side to get the better of their counterparts from the south last week. James Davies and George North scored first half tries to put them in command at the break (17-3) and they pretty much kept Argentina at arms length in the second period.
Given Wales edged out an experimental Springbok side 22-20 in Washington a week earlier they are coping really well on tour without a number of regular starters and they were also 5.5 point underdogs for that one off contest with the Boks. Wales were runners up to Ireland in the Six Nations earlier this year and a series win here would be further progress in the right direction.
Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de le Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Diaz, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere
Wales: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 James Davies, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 Cory Hill (c), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Rob Evans
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Josh Turnbull, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Tom Prydie
Most Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2018 INT San Juan Argentina 10-23 Wales (Tries 1-2)
2016 INT Cardiff Wales 24-20 Argentina (Tries 2-2)
2013 INT Cardiff Wales 40-6 Argentina (Tries 4-0)
2012 INT Cardiff Wales 12-26 Argentina (Tries 0-2)
2011 INT Cardiff Wales 28-13 Argentina (Tries 3-1) (RWC warm up)
2009 INT Cardiff Wales 33-16 Argentina (Tries 3-1)
2007 INT Cardiff Wales 27-20 Argentina (Tries 3-2) (RWC warm up)
Argentina -1.5 points
Wales +1.5 points
Note, odds quoted are an average of what was available at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Whether to give Los Pumas another chance is the question I’ve been asking myself and after much consideration I’ve decided to go with the home side but this time for a 1-12 point win to a smaller stake.
Bet: 2 units Argentina win by under 12.5 points (price should be around 16/10)
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