Wales are in Argentina for a two match international rugby series, the first contest takes place in San Juan on Saturday and the Pumas start as favourites.
Argentina v Wales, Saturday 9th July, San Juan, KO 21:00 (South African time)
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Mathieu Raynal (France)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Argentina have won just 3 of their last 20 internationals and those victories came in Japan, at home to Georgia and in Italy.
Their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign comprised of 6 straight defeats and prior to that their June international series at home to a second string England side also saw them beaten twice. In the end of year internationals Los Puma went down 21-8 to England at Twickenham and 28-19 to Ireland in Dublin either side of a 31-15 victory in Italy.
Wales edged out an experimental Springbok side 22-20 in Washington last week, a shocking game in terms of entertainment. Josh Adams and Tomas Francis link up with the team who started 5.5 point underdogs against the Boks for the first visit to Argentina since 2006 when Wales lost both tests.
Wales had a reasonable 6 Nations campaign in Feb / March this year, winning 3 home games but losing 2 away fixtures, at England (12-6) and Ireland (37-27).
Aside from last week’s game in the USA their most recent action against Southern Hemisphere opposition came at the end of 2017 which delivered home defeats to the Wallabies (29-21) and the All Blacks (33-18) before they edged out the Boks 24-22.
Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de le Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 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 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere
Wales: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 James Davies, 6 Seb Davies, 5 Cory Hill (c), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Wyn Jones
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Josh Turnbull, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Owen Watkin
Most Recent Head to Head (any venue)
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 -3.5 points at 9/10
Wales +3.5 points at 9/10
Note, odds quoted are an average of what was available at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Argentina’s recent record is woeful but with Jaguares flying in Super Rugby they ought to have a much better calendar year and I reckon Wales will be up against it here.
I make the home side to cover the handicap a decent bet.
Bet: 6 units Argentina -3.5 points at 9/10
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